Western Carolina University Professor, Students Receive NCMC Award for Journey Stories

WCU alumna Sarabeth Lee (M.A. Public History '12) and Matt Edwards, Awards Chair for NCMC

Congratulations to Dr. Jessie Swigger of Western Carolina University (WCU)! She and her public history graduate students were given the North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) Award of Special Recognition for their work in support of the Journey Stories museum exhibition at the Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee. Journey Stories is a Museum on Main Street exhibition, a partnership between the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution.

The award-winning project consisted of six student produced exhibitions curated over three semesters. These exhibits chronicled different journeys from residents of Jackson County, from Cherokee basketweavers to a solo cross-country bicycle trip. The exhibits were placed in windowed display cases throughout the Jackson County Public Library in nearby Sylva. The project received funding from the Humanities Council’s North Carolina Stories grant program.

Although Swigger was not able to accept the award in person, WCU 2012 public history graduate Sarabeth Lee (pictured here with NCMC Awards Chair Matthew Edwards) accepted on behalf of not only Swigger, but her fellow students. Lee served as Swigger’s graduate assistant for Journey Stories and related projects.