Mars Hill College presents “The Role of the Chestnut in Appalachian Life” Tues., Oct. 30

Ross, a folklorist, examines the social, economic, cultural, and environmental roles of the chestnut tree in the Appalachian region from the frontier days to the 1940s. She will also explore the overwhelming influence of the chestnut blight of the 1940s on Appalachian life.

According to Ramsey Center Director Karen Paar, the program is part of the Ramsey Center’s year-long theme: “Where There Are Mountains,” and focuses on preservation of the rich biodiversity that exists in the our region of Appalachia. Paar said that a representative of the American Chestnut Foundation will be present to provide information about that organization’s work to restore the American Chestnut to the eastern woodlands.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

For more information, contact: Hannah Furgiuele, Program Coordinator, hfurgiuele@mhc.edu or 828.689.1571.

Mars Hill College is a private, liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees and one graduate degree in elementary education. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of Western North Carolina. www.mhc.edu 1-866-MHC-4-YOU.


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