Exhibits & Artifacts

Our exhibitions illustrate mountain societies and the natural world, past and present.  Temporary exhibits have been produced around such themes as blacksmithing, Cherokee myths and legends, and southern Appalachian handicrafts. Traveling exhibits look at North Carolina's State Dog, explorer William Bartram, and the tradition of Decoration Day.

Gallery Exhibits

MHC Gallery at Hunter Library 161

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Hunter Library Second Floor Lobby
Title panel for All God's Children exhibit
Curated by Ann Miller Woodford in collaboration with the MHC. Sponsored by One Dozen Who Care Inc.

M – F, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, through Feb 27 - May 31, 2017


H. F. Robinson Building first floor

Western Carolina University: The Progress of an Idea

Traces Robert Lee Madison's "Cullowhee Idea" from 1889 to the present. Highlights WCU's continuing mission of regional service.

Handed On: Three Generations of Corn Shuck Artists

6 lobby cases feature the work of Frances Nicholson, Annie Lee Bryson, and Lori Anderson, showing the transition of corn shuck crafts from items of necessity to art form. 

2 lobby other cases feature the Mountain Heritage Award winners for 2016: George Frizzell and Dogwood Crafters.


Online Exhibits (open in a new window)

Traveling Exhibits: our exhibits for your institution.

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual: Tradition and Innovation

Read a description of the traveling exhibit from our friends at Mars Hill University

Horace Kephart in the Great Smoky Mountains 

See images of artifacts and panels from the traveling exhibit
Bartram's Journey: The 1775 Journey of William Bartram to Western North Carolina
Read a description of the original exhibit from 2007, see page 6 of the Reporter pdf.
Decoration Day in the Mountains
Read a description of the original exhibit. The traveling exhibit does not include artifacts.
Our State Dog: North Carolina's Plott Hound
Read a description of the original exhibit. The traveling exhibit does not include artifacts.

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