Guide to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Collection, 2008

Summary Information

Title: Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Collection, 2008
Collection: AC.405
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Collection consists of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame 2008 information packet and related contact letter for the first annual celebration of inductees.

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame was designed in 2008 to honor musicians in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is also intended to strengthen music tourism and education in Wilkes County and the greater Blue Ridge Mountains.

Creator: Old Wilkes, Inc. Historic Properties

Biographical/Historical Note

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, under the direction of Old Wilkes, Inc., was created in 2008 to celebrate and preserve the musical heritage of the greater Blue Ridge Mountains, which spans northern Georgia to northern Virginia. A permanent exhibit will open at the Wilkes Heritage Museum. The 2008 inductees were Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, The Carter Family, Tommy Jarrell, David Johnson, Dolly Parton, Ralph Rinzler, Ralph Epperson, Wayne Henderson, and Sam Love. Five new inductees are expected each subsequent year.

Old Wilkes, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1968. In addition to the Wilkes Heritage Museum (former Wilkes County Courthouse, c. 1902)., Old Wilkes Inc. operates the 18th Century Robert Cleveland House, 19th Century Finley Law office, and the 19th Century Old Wilkes Jail where Otto Wood and Tom Dula were incarcerated.

Wilkes County, North Carolina formed from Rowan County and the District of Washington in 1777. In 1799, Ashe County was partitioned from the western part of Wilkes County. In 1841, Caldwell County was formed from the southern district of Wilkes and part of Burke County. The county seat is Wilkesboro. Well-known personalities and events include the Siamese Twins Eng and Chang Bunker, Tom Dula, Stoneman's Raid, and the annual MerleFest. It is also the home to the Moses Adams Manuscript, one of the nation's oldest ballad collections.

Scope and Contents

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Collection consists of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame 2008 information packet and related contact letter for the first annual celebration of inductees.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Fred Hay donated this collection in April 2008. Its accession number is AC.2008.011. It was opened to the public in May 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, May 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, May 2008

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.405: Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Collection, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Information Packet, 2008 Folder 1