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ERIC Number: ED315357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
History for the Public.
Wood, Curtis W., Jr.
The Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, North Carolina) uses public history to educate people about southern Appalachian history and culture. The Mountain Heritage Center is a museum and research center established to collect, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the southern Appalachian region. The Center conducts research, collects and displays artifacts, and produces its own publications, exhibitions, and demonstrations. Supported by two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, and an appropriation from the North Carolina State Legislature, the Center developed a permanent Scotch-Irish exhibit with a traveling version. The Mountain Heritage Center collaborates in the educational programs of public schools and university students, and staff members serve as consultants to various community, civic, and historical groups in designing exhibits or writing grants in pursuit of cultural goals. The center conceives, funds, designs, and builds at least one major, original exhibit each year, the planning of which frequently involves community people. Noting that the differences between academic and public history are in their deliveries and conditions of work, the Mountain Heritage Center demonstrates the collaborative nature of public history, and the diversity of work that distinguishes it from traditional academic history. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina