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Mountain Heritage Center offers free corn shuck doll making class

The Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University’s museum of Appalachian culture, will offer instruction in the unique folk art of constructing dolls from corn shucks, also known as cornhusks, on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Peter Koch greets a visitor at the new Mountain Heritage Center location inside the Hunter Library building.

Peter Koch greets a visitor at the Mountain Heritage Center location inside the Hunter Library building.

Peter Koch, an education specialist with the center, will lead the free class at the center’s gallery in Hunter Library.

“Historically, corn was an integral part of life in Western North Carolina with all parts of the plant finding uses on the farm,” said Koch. “The shucks in particular were often utilized in mats, mattresses, mops and, of course, children’s toys.”

The Mountain Heritage Center also is hosting an exhibit, “Handed On: Three Generations of Corn Shuck Artists,” focusing on three corn shuck craft makers, Frances Nicholson, Annie Lee Bryson, and Lori Anderson. The exhibit is on display on the first floor of the H. F. Robinson Building through Monday, Oct 31.

For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.

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