History Hour - Appalachian Folk Medicine and Appalachianness in Western North Carolina, with Emily Baker

  • July 20, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Reuter Center - UNCA/OLLI

    300 Campus View Road
    Asheville, North Carolina 28804
Ticket Price $0.00-$10.00 Register Now

Join Asheville Museum of History and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCA on Saturday, July 20th at 10:00 AM for this hybrid program at OLLI or online via Zoom. This event airs live and will be recorded.


The story of folk healing in Western North Carolina is regionally idiosyncratic and part of a grander narrative in the evolution of healthcare in America and Appalachian identity. Folk healing and folk medicine include practices outside Western medicine: herbs and plants, superstitions, and faith healing. Although the tradition of folk healing is not unique to southern Appalachia, over time it has become a component of Appalachian culture and stereotypes. This talk presents an overview of the representations of Appalachianness and how they relate to medicinal folkways in Western North Carolina.


About the Speaker:

Emily Baker grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and attended UNCA where she received her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Art History. She received her Master’s in American History from Western Carolina University and simultaneously worked at the Mountain Heritage Center, where she discovered her love of Appalachian culture and folklore. Since finishing school, she has worked in museums including Old Salem Museums and Gardens as Program Coordinator for Humanities, Medicine, and Science and Reynolda House Museum of American Art as Manager of Community and Academic Learning, both in Winston Salem. She spends as much time as possible hiking in the mountains, listening to music, and learning how to make primitive weapons.


Tickets: Free for AMoH and OLLI members/ $10 for General Admission. We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.


Location: Reuter Center at OLLI at UNCA (300 Campus View Rd, Asheville, NC 28804)

Viewing: Online attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link with which to view the program.

This event is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville. For questions, email info@ashevillehistory.org

Date & Time

Sat, Jul 20, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Venue Details

Reuter Center - UNCA/OLLI

300 Campus View Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28804 Reuter Center - UNCA/OLLI
Asheville Museum of History

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