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Director of the LSUS Pioneer Heritage Center brings blacksmithing to North Carolina

March 22, 2016

For the second year in a row, Director of the LSUS Pioneer Heritage Center, Marty Young, has been asked to be a guest blacksmith instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School. "The Folk School" is located near Brasstown, North Carolina. The school was founded in 1925 by Olive Dame Campbell and Marguerite Butler as a way to preserve and teach the folk arts of the Appalachian Mountains. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a national historic district in 1983. Today it is a non-profit educational organization based on non-competitive learning.

The Folk School has week-long and weekend classes year-round in traditional and contemporary arts, including blacksmithing, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, music instrument building, storytelling, writing, woodcarving and many others. The school campus includes a history museum, craft shop, nature trails, lodging, campground and cafeteria. The school also holds a regular concert series and community dances.

“It is a true privilege to be asked to teach at the Folk School and an honor to represent the Pioneer Heritage Center and the LSUS campus outside of our region,” said Marty Young.