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Statewide Exhibit of Women’s Suffrage Centennial Kicks Off at Mars Hill University

The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies at Mars Hill University will host an exhibit of documents pertaining to women’s suffrage from the State Archives. The exhibit, on November 6, 2019, from 3:30 to 8 p.m., is part of the “She Changed the World” campaign from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural... [READ MORE]


Lunsford Festival Gears Up for 52nd Year at Mars Hill University

The 52nd edition of Western North Carolina’s second-oldest folk music festival returns to the Mars Hill University campus the first weekend of October. The Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival takes place from 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019. It’s the same day as the Madison Heritage Arts Festival, which... [READ MORE]


Hunter to Receive Lunsford Award

A highlight of the annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival is the presentation of its namesake award. This year’s recipient of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award is Brian Hunter, a longtime fixture on the mountain music scene. The award will be presented at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, on the main stage... [READ MORE]


Lunsford Festival Returns for 51st Year at MHU

Western North Carolina’s second-oldest folk music festival returns to the Mars Hill University campus for its 51st year. The Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival takes place Saturday, October 6, 2018. The festival brings together some of the region’s finest musicians and dancers for a day of performances, workshops, and impromptu jams. Festival hours... [READ MORE]


Zoe & Cloyd Headline Winter’s Tune Concert (with guests Lillian Chase and Rhiannon Ramsey)

The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, which also presents the annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival (one of the oldest folk music festivals in the country), explores the history, culture, and environment of the Southern Appalachian region. For the past few years the center has presented Winter’s Tune to celebrate the... [READ MORE]