Sandhills Family Heritage Association by Monica McCann Located in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, the Sandhills Family Heritage Association (SFHA) works to preserve the unique natural and cultural heritage of African-American families in the Sandhills region, while also carrying on those traditions that have helped sustain the community and culture for hundreds of years. […]

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center by Monica McCann Located in the small community of Stecoah in North Carolina’s Graham County, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center (SVCAC) vitally contributes to the preservation of the unique cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and carries on those traditions through education, celebration, and economic opportunities. SVCAC is located […]

Sappony Heritage Youth Camp: Saving the Sappony Tribe’s Culture and Community by Shelia Wilson Before the establishment of the Sappony Heritage Youth Camp, many families from this American Indian community had what could be called mini-heritage camps every summer. People in the community started talking about the many children who were missing out on this […]

The Folk Heritage Committee by Laura Boosinger Western North Carolina has a rich history in the traditional arts. While Marguerite Butler and Olive Dame Campbell were beginning the work of the John C. Campbell Folk School and Cecil Sharp was searching the Southern Mountains for English ballads, Madison County’s own Bascom Lamar Lunsford was combing […]

Etowah Christian Harmony Singing by Irene Moser Now in its 103rd year of celebrating the “sacred harp” of the human voice, the Etowah community in Henderson County remains a pivotal inspiration to the singers of western North Carolina. Participating in a tradition of reading music in shaped notes, extending at least to the English Renaissance, […]

Helen Cable Vance and the North Shore Historical Association by Alan Jabbour Together with my wife, Karen Singer Jabbour, and two colleagues, Philip E. Coyle of Western Carolina University and Paul Webb of TRC Environmental Corporation, I undertook a study in 2004 of the cultural tradition of cemetery decoration, sometimes known as Decoration Day. The […]

The Cockman Family by John E. Cockman, Sr. Born and raised in Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina, the Cockman Family has preserved and presented old-time gospel hymns to audiences for nearly 25 years. Their traditional style features four-part family harmonies with the accompaniment of traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Since launching their performing career in February of 1988, […]