A&E Briefs

‘Where We Live’ lecture series

The next program of the lecture series, “Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at the Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center in Franklin.

Dr. Michael Ann Williams will discuss the various forms of folk dwellings found in the Southern Appalachians, with a special emphasis on Western North Carolina. 

The presentation will cover origins, forms, and construction techniques, with a special emphasis on how people thought about and used traditional homes. Her research was based on oral histories with people in Western North Carolina, including a large number of individuals from Macon County. She will use the old homes in Cowee as examples.

Williams holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, an oral history-based study of traditional dwellings in Western North Carolina, was published as Homeplace. Williams taught at Western Kentucky University for over 30 years, serving as Head of the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology. 

In 2013, she was elected president of the American Folklore Society. Prior to moving to Kentucky, she conducted historic sites surveys in western North Carolina and served as folklife specialist for the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Her other books include “Great Smoky Mountains Folklife” and “Staging Tradition.” 

Williams is now retired and living in Macon County along with her husband, David Carpenter, a Macon County native.

The lecture series is designed to give people an opportunity to learn more about our local area, from many different angles, and to enjoy a pleasant, informative evening together. Masks are required.

Next month, on Nov. 15, Barbara Duncan will talk about the Revolutionary War campaign against the Cherokee in Macon County. 

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