The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies

The Ramsey Center, named after four-time speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Liston B. Ramsey, is located on the main floor of Renfro Library on the Mars Hill University campus. It houses archival resources for teaching and scholarship in its Southern Appalachian Archives and Appalachian Reading Room. Our extensive holdings—photographs, manuscripts, sound recordings, and artifacts—document aspects of mountain life and culture of interest to scholars here and abroad, holdings that have been called some of the finest in the southeastern region of the United States. These materials have been and continue to be collected by mountain people dedicated to the preservation of local culture.

The Ramsey Center is central to the university’s regional studies emphasis, and it offers a venue in which the surrounding community and faculty and students come together for a variety of regional programs. At the Ramsey Center, Southern Appalachia’s rich history and culture come alive through events, festivals, and exhibitions, as well as the ongoing work of dedicated scholars, teachers, students, and community members.

Ramsey Center Mission Statement: The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University connects the campus with the wider community to explore the history, culture, and environment of the Southern Appalachian region. The Ramsey Center preserves and provides access to resources for this study through its Southern Appalachian Archives. The Center shares Mars Hill University’s commitment to local and global engagement, to service, and to experiential learning.

An endowment in support of the Ramsey Center’s Southern Appalachian Archives has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities :  Exploring the human endeavor.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Web resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Open Monday to Thursday 1 to 4 p.m., Friday 1 to 3 p.m., and by appointment.
Leila Weinstein
Program and Office Coordinator
(828) 689-1115
Please contact Patrick Cash before your visit to conduct archival research so that we can best serve you.
Patrick Cash
Archives Associate
(828) 689-1581
Event Parking:
Events before 6 pm on a weekday: parking lot on Bailey Street just next to the Greenway and across the street from Chambers Gym.
Events after 6 pm or on a weekend:  park in any available green or white “faculty” or “student” parking space.

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Upcoming Events:







Madison Heritage Arts Festival

October 6 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm



Appalachian Evenings: Bats

October 10 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm



Fright Night: Appalachian Ghost Stories

October 25 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm



Reel Appalachia: Night of the Hunter

October 29 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm



Appalachian Evenings: Tobacco in Southern Appalachia

November 15 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm



Old Time Holiday Crafts

November 28 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm





Appalachian Evenings: After Coal

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm



Around Here: G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter

January 28, 2019 @ 3:30 pm4:30 pm