Preservation Grant—Cultural Heritage

Expansion and Strengthening of Junior Appalachian Musicians Program

In the spring of 2000, guidance counselor and musician Helen White started the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program, an after school program in Alleghany County to provide kids with the opportunity to learn traditional music from musicians in their community. The program was so successful that arts organizations and school systems in many Western North Carolina counties sought to establish their own programs.

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"Stories from These Stones" Exhibit of Cherokee Artifacts

A Blue Ridge National Heritage Area grant supported the creation of the "Stories from These Stones" exhibit of Cherokee history and culture, drawing from hundreds of artifacts in the Gertrude Ruskin Collection of the Mars Hill College Southern Appalachian Archives.

Dating from prehistory through the 1940s, the artifacts on display include early tools and weaponry, pipes, pottery, a basket, a mask, animal figurines, and a rare fluorite statue head.

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