Past Exhibits

Past Exhibits

Learn about some of our past exhibits, which were on display at the 4th Floor Atrium at Belk Library and Information Commons.


The MerleFest Archives: Preserving more than 30 years of Music, Moments, and Memories


MerleFest is an annual music festival that celebrates "traditional plus" music. The festival was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy "Merle" Watson, son of Doc and Rosa Lee Watson. In December 2020, Appalachian State University Libaries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) received the MerleFest Archives, and this exhibit provides a snapshot of some of the materials that are part of the MerleFest Archives.

MerleFest Archives Exhibit

Camp Yonahlossee for Girls 

May 2022 - April 2023

Camp Yonahlossee, once located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, was a summer camp for young women. It operated from 1922 (or 1923--conflicting records) to the late 1980s. Materials from the exhibit came from the archival collection about the camp in the Special Collections Research Center. 

 Camp Yonahlossee for Girls

A New Look at Old Friends: An Exhibit of Vintage Series Books for Girls 

April 2021 - May 2022

 A New Look at Old Friends exhibit

The Cherokee

Fall 2019 - April 2021

 Exhibit Title Panel

Black Mountain College Writers & Artists in Printed Word 

January – August 2019

 "Black Mountain College Writers & Artists in Printed Word" provided a glimpse of the numerous rare publications in Special Collections by writers and artists associated with Black Mountain College, which operated from 1933 to 1957 in the Swannanoa Valley of North Carolina.

 Black Mountain College Exhibit

James and Louise Broyhill: Public Servants for North Carolina 

April 2017 – December 2018

This exhibit, based in archival material from the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection and the University Archives, covered a variety of highlights of the active public careers of James and Louise Broyhill. 

Broyhill Exhibit

Snow Scenes of Winters Past 

February – April 2017

The "Snow Scences of Winters Past" exhibit drew on images from the University Archives’ photo collections and The Rhododendron yearbooks and presented a multitude of snow scenes on campus from the 1920s to the 2000s. A digital component, which maps a selection of the images on display to their locations on campus, is available through this link.

Snow Scenes of Winters Past Exhibit