Thursday, April 14, 2005

~Info Bit~ 

Here are some amazing links the LAND LEGACY LADY HAS CHOSEN FOR YOU TO SEE :-)


Together We Read strives to develop an interest in reading and discussion through a focus on good literature and on issues relating to our region. In this way, we create our own common text; and spread the word about important efforts and achievements in the field.

Architectural Heritage Award
Mars Hill College. Documentation of the history of its buildings for National Register historic district status. Eighteen structures, dated 1892 to 1947, comprise the earliest surviving higher education complex in western North Carolina. www.mhc.edu 689-1298

Commemoration Award
Polk County Library & Polk County Travel and Tourism. Creation of a series of programs and a historic tour and map for the county’s sesquicentennial. James Metcalf created the map for a program highlighted by an event at the Polk County courthouse, Jan. 20, 2005. www.nc-mountains.org publib.polk.nc.org 894-8721

Cultural Revival Award
Eastern Band of the Cherokee, Cultural Resources. Revitalization of the Cherokee language through total immersion infant rooms and Cherokee language stories on tape. 497-1597

Documentation Award
UNCA Ramsey Library Special Collections. The addition, description, and posting of many important collections, including the Speculation Lands Collection; Biltmore Industries Archive; and collections on Black Highlanders and on Jewish Life in WNC. www.toto.lib.unca.edu 251-6645

Photographic Archive Award
Pack Memorial Library, N.C. Collection. Addition of several special collections. The N.C. Collection contains thousands of photographs of the region, indexed. Recent acquisitions include photos: from Robert Brunk, relating to crafts; of St. Joseph’s Hospital; from Six Associates; and of events covered by the Enka-Candler Record. www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/ 250-4750

Oral History Award
Center for Diversity Education. Creation of the archive and exhibit, “WWII Mountain Memories: Home Front to the Front Line.” Reid Chapman and Center volunteers produced 140 interviews, which will go to the Library of Congress, and which form part of a traveling exhibit. www.main.nc.us/diversity 254-9044

Biography Award
Western Carolina University Hunter Library. Creation of website, “Horace Kephart: Revealing an Enigma,” and collections that inform it. Using a variety of media, the library has created an archive around the life and times of Horace Kephart. Its website presents photos, artifacts, documents, writings, maps, and links to other sources of information. www.library.wcu.edu/togetherweread 227-7474

Popular History Award
West Asheville Library. Development of the first archive of West Asheville history and the production of an interactive CD. Phyllis Lang, Susan Reiser, and Culley Holderfield worked with the West Asheville History Project Committee. 251-4990

Literary Voices Award
City Lights Bookstore and Spring Street Editions. Publication of “Wake,” CD and book, and “Gatherings,” an anthology. “Wake” comprises poems by Kathryn Stripling Byer written in the aftermath of 9/11. “Gatherings” includes fruits of a contest inspired by Word and Witness: 100 Years of N.C. Poetry. www.citylights.booksense.com 586-9499

Gallery Award
Haywood County Library & Haywood County Historical Society. Exhibit of “Haywood County’s Southern Highlanders,” portrait paintings of 32 pioneers by Waynesville artist Frank Saunders. www.haywoodlibrary.org 452-5169

Creative Approach Award
Appalachian Cultural Museum. Artine Artinian Self-Portrait Collection. Over the last 25 years, Artinian, Boone resident and retired Bard College professor, has commissioned artists and local citizens to create self-portraits. The collection now numbers over 400 original works of art in a variety of media. www.museum.appstate.edu 262-3117

Environmental Heritage Award
Quality Forward. Treasured Trees Program. The program documents and recognizes the largest, oldest, and most beautiful trees in the area. A 2005 calendar features the trees. Quality Forward has also planted over 15,000 trees in Buncombe County. www.qualityforward.org 254-1776

Agricultural Heritage Award
Western North Carolina Nature Center, Charles D. Owen Educational Farm. Care of species of endangered livestock that were once common in the mountains, and provision of related educational programs. The Center participates in the Vanishing Breeds program of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. www.wildnc.org 298-5600

Land Stewardship Award
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Conservation, restoration, and management of the Highlands of Roan and of wild tracts in five other geographic regions. Working with property owners, the U.S. Forest Service, and other conservation groups, the conservancy has legally guaranteed protection of wild land in seven regions. www.appalachian.org 253-0095

Pioneer Award
Old Buncombe Genealogical Society. First Families program. The program honors the regions’ first settlers by providing the method by which people can authenticate and document ancestors who lived in Buncombe County between 1792 and 1800. At that time, Buncombe covered thirteen counties. Over 300 applications have been approved to date. www.obcgs.com 253-1894

Natural Sciences Award
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. French Broad River Water Sampling Project. Inspired by Wilma Dykeman’s chronicle, The French Broad (Together We Read’s 2002 choice), the college engaged biology and chemistry students to document the history of the river’s ecology and create an ongoing database. www.abtech.edu/as/french 254-1921

Education Award
Warren Wilson College, Environmental Leadership Center. EcoTeam curriculum for third-graders. College students reached over 5,000 children with a variety of lessons, from map-reading to the study of species interaction. www.warren-wilson.edu/~elc/ecoteam 771-3006

Community Award
YMI Cultural Center. A combination of cultural, civic, and economic efforts geared toward celebrating and fostering African-American and Latino heritage. Along with candidate forums, and the Goombay and Festina Latina festivals, the YMI develops exhibits such as “Forebears & Trailblazers: Asheville’s African-American Leaders, 1800s-1900s.” www.ymicc.org 252-4614

Leadership Award
Friends of Mountain History. Support of heritage-related groups throughout 24 WNC counties. Over the last four years, FOMH has provided matching fund grants to 18 organizations, sponsored major educational programs, and served as a clearinghouse and advocacy agency. www.fomhnc.org 687-7234

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