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Craft Revival

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a revival of handcraft swept over the Appalachian Mountains as part of a renewed worldwide interest in things made by hand and in the place of work in society. An archival repository contains over 4,500 documents, photographs, and craft objects supported by a research-based interpretive …

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Craft Revival

Cherokee Traditions

Cherokee Traditions: From the Hands of Our Elders is a database of Cherokee art forms, historic photographs, and native language recordings. Images are primarily from the collections of Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

Cherokee Traditions

Stories of Mountain Folk

In 2008, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a western North Carolina not-for-profit organization, began recording "Stories of Mountain Folk," a radio program that aired weekly on local radio station WRGC. When WRGC closed in 2011, the organization teamed up with Hunter Library to preserve the recorded material. The "Stories of Mountain …

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Stories of Mountain Folk

Picturing Appalachia

Picturing Appalachia is a collection of early 20th century photographs that provide a glimpse into the life, culture, and natural landscape of the southern Appalachian mountains, in and around western North Carolina. The collection includes images by popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park photographers George Masa and Jim Thompson, …

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Picturing Appalachia

Great Smoky Mountains - A Park for America

This digital collection was created to contribute to the public's understanding of the forces and ideas that led to the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934. The park is world renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its landscape, and the endurance of the region's …

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Great Smoky Mountains - A Park for America

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Hunter Library is committed to building regionally oriented, historically significant collections of broad cultural and research interest. The library's digital collections provide a foundation for research, education, and humanities programming through their documentation of significant aspects of the American story.

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