An NEH Landmarks of American History Workshop for Community College Faculty at The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Mars Hill College in North Carolina
Workshop 1: May 28-June 2, 2006
Workshop 2: June 18-June 23, 2006
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 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.
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
Both full-time and adjunct community college 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, 2006
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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