A wonderful new exhibit has just opened about the history and culture of the Scottish Highland immigrant community of North Carolina in the Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. It is located along the corridor to the Special Collections Research Room on the first level of the library.
The exhibit consists of five thematic posters and four display cases covering major topics in the history and culture of this ethnic group. Drawing on the rich resources of Wilson Library’s collections as well as contributions from the Scottish Heritage Center of St Andrews University in Laurinburg, this exhibit explores the beliefs, experiences, and traditions of the Scottish Gaelic community in North Carolina. Tracing their stories from their initial immigration to their lasting influence in the twentieth century, the exhibit displays a wide range of pamphlets, books, and manuscripts related to both the Gaelic language and its influence on North Carolina history.
The exhibit will be open during the months of February and March. It was initiated by Dr. Michael Newton and curated by Anne Fertig, a graduate student in the department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.