High Country Humanities is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University and community partners in Watauga County. We aim to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the humanities in the local community, both within and outside the campus.

Upcoming Events

Free Guided Tours of the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum
Monday, July 29, 2024
1 - 4 p.m.

Join Yadkin Riverkeeper Brian Fannon and other public history experts for guided tours of the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, a site with six historic, furnished cabins that recreate the atmosphere of eighteenth and nineteenth century mountain communities. Learn what rural life was like for pioneers in the High Country.

Stereotypes of Mountaineers and Frontiersmen: Pre-Performance Remarks
Friday, Aug. 9, 2024
7 – 7:45 p.m.

Dr. Katherine Ledford, professor of Appalachian Studies, will share her expertise prior to a performance of Horn in the West. The pre-performance talk is free and open to the public. This program is the sixth one in High Country Humanities' ongoing series “Connecting Local and Global Rural Cultures.” This series of talks, workshops, demonstrations and film screenings is supported by a grant from North Carolina Humanities.


High Country Humanities seeks to sponsor and support local humanities events that are open to the public. In some cases, we will promote humanities events organized by our community partners, and in other cases, we will organize events ourselves. Whether the event takes place on the Appalachian State’s campus or elsewhere, High Country Humanities events will be open to everyone in the public interested in the humanities.

Get Involved

High Country Humanities welcomes faculty and community input. We invite local stakeholders to contribute to this initiative. To get involved, please contact hchumanities@appstate.edu. Here are a few ways to participate:

  • Suggest an event for us to promote.
  • Nominate a community leader or humanities expert to serve on the advisory board.
  • Volunteer to help organize or staff an upcoming event.
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Donors and Sponsors

If you are interested in making a donation to support High Country Humanities, or if you are a local vendor who wishes to sponsor an upcoming event, please contact hchumanities@appstate.edu. Contributions of any amount make a difference!

App State High Country Humanities Receives Grant from North Carolina Humanities

App State High Country Humanities Receives Grant from North Carolina Humanities

College of Arts and Sciences
Oct. 17, 2023

High Country Humanities has received a large grant from North Carolina Humanities. This $20,000 grant will help fund a series of free public events relating to the theme of “Connecting Local and Global Rural Cultures,” including workshops, panel discussions, guided tours and interactive lectures in which humanities experts will help the public learn about a broad range of rural cultures.

North Carolina Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities

This program is supported in part by North Carolina Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, www.nchumanities.org.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of North Carolina Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.