UPCOMING EVENTS

The following events are open to the public, although membership in the WCHS or special appointment to the Digital Watauga Project Committee is required for voting eligibility on action items at WCHS and Digital Watauga Project Committee meetings.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 9:00am
Digital Watauga Project Committee

Watauga County Public Library, Community Room
The agenda for this meeting will be posted three to four days ahead of time and available on the link below.


Friday, October 4, 2019, 5:30pm
That’s Rufus Book Signing Event

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Jones House Cultural and Community Center
The Watauga County Historical Society is pleased to sponsor a book signing event to accompany the release of Rufus Edmisten’s autobiography, That’s Rufus: A Memoir of Tarheel Politics (McFarland Publishing).

A former North Carolina Attorney General and Secretary of State (and Boone native!), Rufus L. Edmisten drew international attention when he served as deputy chief counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee. His work, together with that of others, uncovered the truth about the Watergate scandal in 1973. He has the distinction of being the first person on a congressional committee to serve a subpoena to a sitting president of the United States. A practicing lawyer and lobbyist, he lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.


October 4-October 30, 2019
“Western Carolina’s Finest”:
An Exhibition of Appalachian
Theatre History

The entrance to the Appalachian Theatre as it appeared on February 12, 1947. Image courtesy of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, the Sams Family, and the Digital Watauga Project.

Jones House Cultural and Community Center,
Main Gallery
To celebrate the re-opening of the Appalachian Theatre this fall, the Digital Watauga Project, the Watauga County Historical Society, the Watauga County Public Library, and the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country are co-sponsoring a month-long exhibition of historical images, advertisements, and other materials related to the history of Boone’s Appalachian Theatre, which was long advertised in its heyday as “Western Carolina’s Finest Theatre.” Come on out to learn about early theater exhibition in Boone, how the Appalachian transformed downtown Boone, the devastating 1950 fire, why the 1950s theater was considered “Boone’s best babysitter,” why the theater ultimately closed in 2007, and how the new theater will help make Boone an arts and entertainment hub for Western Carolina once again.

Admission is free.


October 16, 2019, 5:30pm
WCHS Speaker Series:
“Western Carolina’s Finest”:
The History of the Appalachian
Theatre

Patrons stream down King Street for the latest show at the Appalachian Theatre on February 19, 1948. Image courtesy of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, the Sams Family, and the Digital Watauga Project.

Appalachian Theatre
As part of a series of opening events at the newly renovated Appalachian Theatre, the Digital Watauga Project, the Watauga County Historical Society, the Watauga County Public Library, and the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country are co-sponsoring this presentation by Dr. Eric Plaag, chairperson of the ATHC Archives and History Committee, on the history of the Appalachian Theatre. Dr. Plaag will present the inside scoop on how the Appalachian got started, how it survived a disastrous fire in 1950 and the advent of television, and how the new theater will once again be the home for both stage and screen performances.

Stay tuned for additional details.