Projects Showcase

  • Kelly E. Bennett: Apostle of the Smokies

    Dr. Kelly E. Bennett (1890-1974) was a pharmacist, prominent civic leader, and political representative for Swain County, North Carolina in the mid-20th century. This exhibit explores Kelly E. Bennett Papers, housed in Appalachian State University's Special Collections Research Center, and Bennett’s role in shaping tourism in Western North Carolina.
  • Mapping LGBTQ+ History in Watauga County

    Although Watauga County, like the rest of Southern Appalachia, has been historically stereotyped as heteronormative and homophobic, LGBTQ+ individuals exist here. This project highlights important places to local LGBTQ+ history and those who bettered their communities by educating, supporting, and being themselves. We combine mapping, archival material, and historical research to illuminate the history and culture of Watauga county's LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Black Mountain College Semester

    A multidisciplinary exploration of the creative legacy of Black Mountain College in Buncombe County, North Carolina. The digital resources for this project include a timeline, K-12 teaching materials, and scholarly resources.