Ramsey Center Upcoming Events

Spring 2014 Events:

Plant Walk and "Craft Plants of Appalachia" Program, February 27, 2014, Plant Walk at 3 p.m. and Lecture at 7 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University.  Ethnobotanist Marc Williams will take participants on a plant walk around the Mars Hill University campus, then give a presentation in the Ramsey Center that evening.  The focus of both events will be the use of native plants in Appalachian crafts, including natural dyes, textile fibers, baskets, fire starters, weapons, and more.

Barn Quilt Project Reception, March 20, 2014, 3 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library, Mars Hill University.  Mars Hill University First Year Seminar students will describe a class project to explore Madison County barn quilts, created through a program of the Madison County Arts Council, and to paint barn quilts of their own as part of their class's exploration of place.

Fiddlin’ 5K “Run for the Music” Road Race, April 12, 2014, 9 a.m., Upper Quad, Mars Hill University.  With fiddle and banjo music accompanying you through the mountainous roads surrounding Mars Hill University, this race will benefit both the Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival and the Junior Appalachian Musician Program of the Madison County Arts Council.  For more information, see http://www.lunsfordfestival.com/.

**This event has been canceled** "Giving Voice to Our Stories: An Oral History Journey," April 15, 2014, 7 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Mars Hill University. Using oral history and other primary source materials, Kelly Navies explores the history of African-American communities in Madison County and other parts of western North Carolina.

Past Events

Fall 2013 Events:

Craft Night and Open House, September 5, 2013, 6 p.m., Ramsey Center, first floor of Renfro Library.  At this program, we will welcome new and returning students for refreshments, fun, and a hands-on project related to the Ramsey Center's 2013-2015 theme, "Craft in Southern Appalachia."

Cherokee Trip, September 21, 2013, all day.  This trip will explore the craft traditions of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians through visits to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, and Oconaluftee Indian Village.  Attendance is limited.  Please contact Hannah Furgiuele, hfurgiuele@mhu.edu or (828) 689-1571 for more information.

Grand Reopening of the Rural Life Museum, featuring the exhibition, "Interwoven:  Coverlets, Ballads, and America's Discovery of Madison County Folklife," September 28, 2013, 2-5 p.m., Montague Hall.

Rural Academy Theater, October 4, 2013, 7 p.m., Upper Quad of the Mars Hill University campus.  Join us for this unique horse-drawn theater experience by the Rural Academy Theater as they tour Western North Carolina.  The company will perform two different pieces:  the first will be a large-scale toy theater adaptation of an ancient French folktale and the second, a wordless bouffant live performance piece with musical accompaniment.  Both will be workshopped and performed with the Royal Forest Players, an award-winning theater group based out of the United Kingdom.  Silent films from the early 1900s will follow these pieces.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival, October 5, 2013, All Day, Upper Quad of the Mars Hill University campus and Moore Auditorium.  Join us for the 46th annual festival and celebrate the fall season with traditional Appalachian music, dance, and crafts.  For more information, see www.lunsfordfestival.com

"Southern Craft:  A Revival in the Mountains,"  October 29, 2013, 7 p.m., Ramsey Center, first floor of Renfro Library.  In this program, Anna Fariello, North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar, will explore the twentieth-century Craft Revival and discuss its impact on contemporary mountain cultural values, particularly handmade objects, resourcefulness, community, and a sense of place.  This program is made possible by the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 Spring 2013 Events:

The Role of the Chestnut in Appalachian Life,” January 31, 2013, 7 p.m., Peterson Conference Center, Blackwell Hall.  Dr. Charlotte Ross will present a program on the ways the chestnut blight in the 1930s and 1940s combined with outside forces to change Appalachian society forever.  A representative of the American Chestnut Foundation will be present with information about current efforts to restore the American chestnut tree.  This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Welcome Reception for Les Reker, Director of the Rural Life Museum, Mars Hill College, February 19, 2013, 3 to 5 p.m., Montague Hall.  Please join Ramsey Center staff at a reception to welcome Mr. Les Reker, the new Director of the Rural Life Museum in the recently renovated Montague Hall, located on the Upper Quad of the Mars Hill College campus.

Unveiling Our Treasures,” February 27, 2013, 3 p.m., Broyhill Chapel.  Join Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellows Dr. Joel Reed and Andrew Hebert as they share their research on the Paul G. Newton Collection of shape-note hymnals that are part of the Southern Appalachian Archives.  Performances and shape-note demonstrations by the College Chamber Singers and the Music Department Quartet.  Solos by Andrew Hebert and Carter Benge.

Appalachian Studies Association Conference, March 22-24, 2013, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. Ramsey Center staff and Regional Studies faculty members and students will give presentations and attend the 36th annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference.  More information is available at www.appalachianstudies.org.

Fiddlin’ 5K “Run for the Music” Road Race, April 13, 2013, Mars Hill College.  With fiddle and banjo music accompanying you through the mountainous roads surrounding Mars Hill College, this race will benefit both the Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival and the Junior Appalachian Musician Program of the Madison County Arts Council.  This event is open to the public, and we would love for you to join us!  For more information, see www.lunsfordfestival.com/home/fiddlin-5k/.

Fall 2012 Events:

August 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library. Ramsey Center Open House and Welcome Back gathering for students.Join us for a movie, refreshments, and fun!

September 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Peterson Conference Center, Blackwell Hall, Mars Hill College. "Rocky Fork and Beyond: Protecting Southern Appalachian Biodiversity--and Scenery--One Acre at a Time." Talk by Jay Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Trustee and Acquisition Specialist.

September 9, 2012 at 1 p.m.Rocky Fork Hike with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Trustee David Ramsey. Space on the hike is limited. Please contact Hannah Furgiuele at (828) 689-1571 or hfurgiuele@mhc.edu to sign up.

September 19, 2012 at 3:30 p.m., Peterson Conference Center, Blackwell Hall, Mars Hill College. "Where There are Mountains" Panel Discussion. Join an interdisciplinary conversation on the meanings ascribed to the mountain landscape from the perspectives of History, Foreign Language, Biology, and Literature with Mars Hill College professors Dr. Lucia Carter, Dr. Greg Clemons, Dr. Scott Pearson, Dr. Joanna Pierce, and Dr. Kathy Newfont, moderator.

October 6, 2012, all day, 45th Annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival. For more information, see www.lunsfordfestival.com.

October 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Montague Hall, Mars Hill College. "The Role of the Chestnut in Appalachian Life" with Dr. Charlotte Ross, North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar.This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.Canceled due to inclement weather--watch our web site for a rescheduled date in Spring 2013.

Spring 2012 Events:

February 16, 2012 at 3 p.m., "Unveiling Our Treasures," Peterson Conference Center in Blackwell Hall, Mars Hill College: The fourth annual "Unveiling Our Treasures" program features the work of this year's Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellows, Dr. Marc Mullinax, Associate Professor of Religion, and Zoology major Jordon Crawford.

March 3, 2012, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Local Farm Day Service Project with LifeWorks and the Ramsey Center:Join us as we head out to a local farm to learn about food security and the local farming economy.

March 5, 2012, 7-8:30 p.m. in Belk Auditorium, Wren College Union: We will follow up our service day with LifeWorks through the Citizenship Series on campus.Following a film excerpt, we will continue exploring the topic of local farms, hunger, food security, and more in a panel discussion featuring Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Emily Jackson, and Madison County 4-H.

March 29, 2012, 4-5 p.m., Liston B. Ramsey Center, Renfro Library, Regional Studies Photography Exhibition: Come and see the photography of Mars Hill College students as they display their work on the theme, "The Wide Reach of Appalachia" on the second floor of Renfro Library after presenting at the Appalachian Studies Association conference in Pennsylvania.

April 12, 2012, 3 p.m. Liston B. Ramsey Center, Renfro Library, Plant Walk: A plant walk with ethnobotanist Marc Williams.Come discover the rich diversity of plants on the Mars Hill College campus while learning their cultural complexities.

April 13, 2012, 7-10 p.m., Chambers Gymnasium, Mars Hill College, National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant Celebration: Come dance and celebrate the culmination of a multi-year fundraising effort that supports the Southern Appalachian Archives of the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies.Performance by the Bailey Mountain Cloggers and the Cole Mountain Cloggers.Dances called by Rodney Sutton with the music of the Spring Chickens.

May 20, 2012, 7-10 p.m., Moore Auditorium, Mars Hill College, "Heritage Comes Home" Concert: A fundraiser benefitting the Ramsey Center's NEH Challenge Grant for the Southern Appalachian Archives featuring Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Casey Driessen, Dennis Crouch, and Tim O'Brien.

Fall 2011 Events:

September 17, 2011: Craggy Mountains Hike

October 25, 2011: Mountain Justice

Spring 2011 Events:

February 15, 2011: Unveiling Our Treasures:The Bascom Lamar Lunsford Collection

Fall 2010 Events:

September 13, 2010: "Oh Brother": What Next? Making Sense of the Folk Fad

September 25 - November 6, 2010: New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music . Join us and experience a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition and multiple events highlighting the rich traditions found in America's cultural soundtrack.

September 25, 2010: Our Harmonies: A Community Celebration of American Roots Music

October 2, 2010: The 43rd Annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival. Join us at this all-day festival and evening concert featuring the region's finest music and dance.

October 10, 2010: "SodomSong" Gallery Talk

October 23, 2010: Kids' Day at New Harmonies

October 28, 2010: Jane Hicks Gentry

November 5, 2010: Grand Masters Fiddler Tribute

Spring 2010 Events:

February 23, 2010: Unveiling Our Treasures: James G.K. McClure Farmers Federation Collection

March 25, 2010: Stories and Snapshots from the Field: Conversations with Dr. Charles Thompson

April 17, 2010: Day of Service with Fields of Hope