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  • Archaeology and Landscape in Upper Gambia (Senegal)

    Drawing on nearly a decade of archaeological research by BRAP (2013-2022), this digital exhibition explores the history of Upper Gambia from the perspectives of past people living along the Gambia River and on and around the Bandafassi Plateau.
  • 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.
  • Digital Humanities Lab

    The Digital Humanities Lab at Appalachian State University is the home for all digital humanities projects that combine expertise in the humanities disciplines with technological skills and it provides is a visual platform to communicate the innovation in research and scholarship thriving on App State's campus.
  • Documentary Film Studies

    Documentaries on the history of Appalachian State University
  • Garden Creek Virtual Exhibit

    Created by Cameron Blumhardt for an undergraduate departmental honors thesis project, the Garden Creek virtual exhibit explores novel approaches for creating and curating virtual museums specifically for small-scale archaeological excavations.
  • 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.
  • Matanya Ophee Collection

    Guitarist, publisher, and pilot Matanya Ophee (1932-2017) amassed one of the largest collections of 19th-century guitar music in the world. In May of 2021, Appalachian State University acquired the Ophee Collection through J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians. Highlights include over five hundred first and early editions of major guitar composers including Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Matteo Carcassi, Ferdinando Carulli, and many others, as well as the only complete manuscript of the Dix Etudes by Giulio Regondi, discovered by Ophee in 1987. The collection also includes the personal scores and papers of Argentinian guitarist Doming Prat (1886–1944), as well as a large amount of rare music for the Russian 7-string guitar from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • Mountain Music in the Classroom

    Readings and resources for teachers and students in northwestern North Carolina's schools focused on linking mountain music traditions to state and county-level histories.
  • The Lumbee Indians, An Annotated Bibliography

    This annotated bibliography by Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling provide a comprehensive, scholarly, online resource for information on the Lumbee Indians and related topics.