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About Appalachian Change Project


These interviews are the result of a 2015 fieldwork trip to the eastern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, including the areas of Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, and Boone. Most interviews focus on faculty, staff and students at Lees-McRae, a small liberal arts school. With an emphasis on folklife, SPOHP researchers also interviewed local potters, luthiers, glass blowers, and musicians in Watauga and Avery Counties about the changes wrought by almost a century of tourism. A final round of interviews and video recordings of performances occurred at Appalachian State University’s annual fiddlers’ convention and luthiers gathering. This trip was sponsored by the Lees-McRae College Office of the President.