Appalachian Heritage Week

Join us in celebrating spring’s return to the mountains!

Join Lees-McRae College in celebrating spring’s return to the mountains during the eighth annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 9–13. Sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, the College will highlight coal mining and other unique aspects of mountain heritage throughout the week.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 9

New Opportunity School for Women Open House
1–5 p.m., Stephenson Center for Appalachia

Kick off Appalachian Heritage Week and learn more about the New Opportunity School for Women. The NOSW has changed the lives of more than 100 women within the region and more than 700 in the 29 years since its founding.  

Traditional Appalachian Dinner and Music by Us Fellers
5 p.m., MacDonald Dining Hall

MacDonald Dining Hall will serve a traditional, Appalachian-themed meal while old-time mountain group, Us Fellers, will perform.

Tuesday, April10

Pottery Making with Rob Withrow
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Bowman Building

Local potter Rob Withrow will demonstrate his pottery throwing technique. You are invited to get your hands wet and shape clay on the turning wheel. Withrow will also have a selection of his work for sale during the demonstration.

Bonecrusher Film Showing Led by Dr. Michael Joslin
2 p.m., Evans Auditorium

Professor and Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Dr. Michael Joslin will screen and lead a discussion of the award-winning documentary, Bonecrusher.

Dinner and Performance by the Bailey Mountain Cloggers  
5:15–6:15 p.m., MacDonald Dining Hall

Award-winning Mars Hill University Bailey Mountain Cloggers will return to MacDonald Dining Hall to perform for the fifth year in a row.

Wednesday, April 11

Mountain Day of Service
8 a.m.–2 p.m., Various Locations

Participate in the 14th annual Mountain Day of Service! Check your Lees-McRae email for additional details regarding the schedule of the day’s events and volunteer opportunities.

Thursday, April 12

Apple Hill Farm Alpaca Display
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Tate Lawn

Lee Rankin from Matney-based Apple Hill Farm will bring her alpacas to Tate Lawn this Thursday. Stop by to take photos and interact with the animals!

Mountain Top Removal: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Presentation by Dr. Sean Collins
2 p.m., Evans Auditorium

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Sean Collins will present Mountain Top Removal:  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in Evans Auditorium.

Reader’s Theatre: Devil’s Dust with Joshua Simcox ’05  
7 p.m., Shelton Learning Commons Room 205

Join Lees-McRae graduate and novelist Joshua Simcox as he debuts his coal-mining play Devil’s Dust and leads a reading by students.

Friday, April 13

Horse and Wagon Rides
11 a.m.–2 p.m., Historic Commons

Kick off your weekend with a horse and wagon ride around the Historic Commons! Rides will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Harlan County, USA Film Showing and Discussion Led by Dr. Scott Huffard  
2 p.m., Evans Auditorium

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Scott Huffard will present the academy award winning film Harlan County, USA and will lead a discussion of the issues raised by the movie.

All events are free except for the Monday and Tuesday evening meals (for non-students).

For more information, call Pam Joslin at 828.898.8721 or email Michael Joslin at