Behind the Scenes

Take a look Behind the Scenes at the Appalachian Women’s Museum (AWM). Road construction and the COVID-19 pandemic kept AWM from opening our doors to the public this season for both events and our usual Saturday openings. Since visitors cannot come to us for a while, take a virtual look at how AWM has continued our efforts in 2020.

We have:

    • Computerized our archiving process
    • Reclaimed a weed patch as a victory garden
    • Prepared our first exhibit plan for the whole house
    • Drafted a site map of our buildings
    • Re-roofed the house
    • Have running water to our back door
    • Connected with seniors in local care centers

See for yourself some of the work and people that make this museum possible.

Music Room with Rob

Dr. Robert Ferguson, WCU Professor of History and Board Secretary, has an active interest in Appalachian music. Rob plans to create a turn of the century Music Parlor that showcases the music of Appalachia. The Music Parlor will feature local names such as Samantha Bumgarner and Mary Jane Queen, along with other artists from across Appalachia. Local musician Susan Pepper joins Rob in a discussion of Appalachian music and instruments in this Behind the Scenes feature. See Susan’s full performance in our Mountain Life segment by clicking here. Also look for our Music on the Porch event to return in Fall 2021.

Archiving with Marjorie

Marjorie Eyre has been active on our board since 2014. She stepped up to the challenge and taught herself how to archive, then coordinated volunteers to put labels on our collection items. She believes that archiving and preserving these items are important to show a glimpse of what life was like and the uniqueness of the region for future generations.

Community Outreach with Claire

Claire Suminski, board members since 2019 is from Franklin, NC. Claire realized when the pandemic forced care facilities into strict lock down that many seniors in care centers were isolated since friends and family members could no longer visit them. Claire and board member, Marty Greeble, put together “Sunshine Packets” filled with entertaining jokes, games, and more for residents to enjoy.

Pen Pals with Seniors

To continue contact with the care center residents Claire and Marty instituted a pen pal program to demonstrate that people do care about them. Claire welcomes community participation in the pen pal program, if you would like to get involved please email us at to get a pen pal contact.

Getting to know the Board: Cathy Busick

The Monteith Farmstead to the Appalachian Women’s Museum

Aerial Video of the Museum’s past progress

In this video from 2016 we have finished the 1,500 ft. wrap-around porch … next in Spring of 2017 we did a large majority of the exterior painting. Then in 2020 we re-roofed the museum.  Come by the farmstead to see our latest updates!