Category: From the Archives
If you love the Folk School and are interested in our history, I highly recommend curling up with Anna Fariello’s wonderful new book, Craft & Community, which explores the first 20 years of the Folk School, with a focus on Olive Dame Campbell. Earlier this summer, Fariello was given a Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual meeting of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. In addition to Craft & Community, Fariello has written numerous books about craft, curated many shows, and she developed the online Craft Revival archive. Let’s get to know more about an impressive WNC craft powerhouse! Enjoy our interview! Anna FarielloCP: What is your connection to the Folk School?
At the Folk School, we often find inspiration from the past, giving us a vision for the present and the future. Since 1925, we’ve been engaging hearts and hands as we nurture our students’ creativity. To celebrate the crafts that have helped to shape the Folk School tradition for nine decades, we’ve pulled some photos from our archives. As we share them, we invite you to join us for a class, and help us to continue the Folk School’s rich craft heritage.
The last few mornings in the History Center, I have been downstairs putting together our latest exhibit. While I was absorbed in my thoughts of arranging textiles in glass display cases, I finally glanced up to notice Danny Wilson outside the window, on his hands and knees, busily working away. It turns out, Danny was in the process of uncovering a long forgotten sidewalk, steps, iron rail, and front door in front of the History Center building! Danny, of course, had known what lay beneath the layers of compressed soil, rusted farm implements, poison ivy vines, and lilies of the valley.
There are treasures in the Folk School archives that help us get perspective for understanding the days we live in. Anna Shearouse, who works in our archives, found this item. It is one of the “Monday Morning Messages” of William H. Danforth, who founded the Purina company. He wrote these to his employees for forty years. This one is dated May 23, 1932:
Fall Festival: October 5 & 6
Share in a celebration of timeless Appalachian culture at our 45th annual Fall Festival. Strolling through our wooded campus, you’ll meet over 250 fine craft vendors offering their work for sale. Enjoy the Quilt Show, and watch over 30 talented artisans demonstrate their craft. Catch the excitement as you view musicians and dancers on two stages throughout the weekend. Bring the youngsters for lively kids’ activities, and choose from a nice selection of tasty Festival food. Daily admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12. Visit our Fall Festival Page for more information.
Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our 2019-2020 Folk School Catalog is now available, and all classes are open for registration. Choose a class and come join us in Brasstown this year.
The Folk School Cookbook
We are so excited about The Folk School Cookbook. Nanette Davidson, cookbook author, meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes. These include some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall and at seasonal celebrations over the decades. Bring the Folk School’s culinary traditions into your own kitchen and order your copy today!