Where We Live:
History, Nature and Culture
with Michael Ann Williams
October 18, 2021
The next program of the lecture series, “Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture” will be held on Monday, October 18 at 6:30 pm at the Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center.
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 southwestern North Carolina, including a large number of individuals from Macon County. She will use a old homes in Cowee as examples.
Dr. Michael Ann Williams holds a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, an oral history based study of traditional dwellings in southwestern North Carolina, was published as Homeplace. Dr. Williams taught at Western Kentucky University for over thirty 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. Dr. 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. Come join us at the school at 51 Cowee School Road. Masks are required.