Participants in the 6-day workshop will visit four landmark sites in the beautiful Blue Ridge National Heritage Area near Asheville, North Carolina. This region is home to one of the world's most diverse temperate forests. Since 1650 Cherokee villagers, antebellum settlers, loggers, and scientific foresters, among others, have looked to these woods for a living.
Workshop 1: May 29-June 4, 2005
Workshop 2: June 19-June 25, 2005
The workshop examines three periods of Appalachian history:
The Colonial Era, featuring Kituah, the Cherokee mother- town
The Antebellum Era, featuring the Vance Birthplace Pioneer Homestead
The Industrial Era, featuring the Cradle of Forestry in America and Blue Ridge Paper Company's Canton Mill and Museum
Workshop participants will explore this rich history of forest use through field visits, work with artifacts and archival materials, lectures by leading scholars, roundtables with knowledgeable local residents, and hands-on demonstrations. They will use the Ramsey Center's extensive collections to develop materials they can take back to their own classrooms.
Both full-time and adjunct faculty from any relevant discipline (including but not limited to History, English, American Studies, Environmental Studies, Native American Studies, Forestry, Economics, and Regional Studies) may apply.
Application deadline: March 15, 2005
Faculty members selected to participate will receive a $500 stipend to help cover travel expenses, books, food and lodging. Travel supplements are available for those traveling long distances.
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