Teaching the Past to Future Generations

October 27, 2016

With the help of faculty and students from Lees-McRae, young students across Avery County on Friday, October 21, got a hands-on experience with the rich heritage of the Appalachian high country.

Cranberry Middle School hosted their annual Heritage Day; a day-long celebration and learning opportunity for the school’s eighth grade class.

Students traveled to close-by Cranberry Middle School to take turns interacting in various groups on different subjects.

“(The day started) with morning sessions on weaving, frontier life, apple butter making, Appalachian foods, Appalachian toys, Avery heritage and genealogy. Students had the chance to see how the practices that date back to the pioneer days helped shape the practices that endure into Avery County in the present day,” according to a recent article released by the Avery-Journal Times.

Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, Michael Joslin—who taught students on natural and human history—brought along a team of professors and ambassadors Friday.

Students learned about civil war history, Appalachian music, folk tales and animals indigenous to the region with the help of those ambassadors from the Lees-McRae May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Learn more about Appalachian Heritage Day at both Cranberry Middle School and Avery County Middle School in this article featured by The Avery-Journal Times

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