Craft Revival: Shaping Western North Carolina Past and Present

NCM received the following announcement and wanted to share it with our readers…

The Hunter Library, in collaboration with Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, has mounted a collection of photographs of a delegation of Cherokee craftsmen with Joan Mondale at the groundbreaking of the National Park Service’s Folk Art Center. Taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the photos document some of the attendees and crafts demonstrated at the 1977 event. To see the photos, go to and type “Mondale” into the Search box.

Craft Revival: Shaping Western North Carolina Past and Present is a project of Hunter Library at Western Carolina University. Its aim is to create a research-based website that documents an historic effort to revive handcraft in the western part of the state. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, western North Carolina craftsmen formed the cornerstone of a revived interest in things handmade to create a movement referred to as the Craft Revival. The online archival repository includes over 4,500 documents, photographs, and craft objects that are housed in the collections of regional museums, guilds, and craft schools. Hunter Library has organized these into a searchable database available via the web.

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