Loading up and moving out in pursuit of new opportunities is an American tradition, and the staff of Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center has been putting that theme into action this summer by moving the museum of Appalachian history and culture across campus to Hunter Library.
The temporary relocation of Mountain Heritage Center offices and exhibits from the first floor of H.F. Robinson Administration Building to the library is an initial step that will lead to the eventual construction of a new WCU welcome center, which will include space for the museum. Also, plans call for the relocation of the university’s Office of Admission, currently based in the Cordelia Camp Building, into space that has been occupied by the heritage center in Robinson Building.
The Mountain Heritage Center staff began packing up exhibits in late spring in anticipation of an August re-opening at the library. The museum’s artifact collection will remain in the Robinson Building. “This move has brought with it some challenges, but in the end we are extremely excited about the opportunity this new library location provides to reach out to WCU students and to area residents in new and innovative ways,” said Pam Meister, curator and interim direction of the Mountain Heritage Center.
As of magazine press time, the Mountain Heritage Center staff was busy setting up exhibits in new space in Hunter Library and planning a grand re-opening event. Updates will be posted at mhc.wcu.edu.