40th anniversary of the Center for Appalachian Studies

Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Center for Appalachian Studies, the 45th anniversary of the Appalachian Journal and the 50th anniversary of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Belk Library will take place and you are invited!

*Below is a schedule of events in commemoration of these celebrations. Some events do have an expense - please review before planning to attend.

Friday, September 7 

12-1:45 p.m. Community development round-table
Location: Belk Library and Information Commons Room 421
Join in a discussion about community outreach with representatives from local-to-international organizations that have partnered with the Appalachian Studies program at Appalachian State University. There will be story sharing and discussion about best practices for building community capacity in twenty-first century Appalachia.

Coffee and hors d'oeuvres will be served at noon and presentations will begin at 12:30 p.m.  

2-2:45 p.m. W.L. Eury Collection Tour
Location: Fourth floor, Belk Library and Information Commons
Tour one the region’s preeminent collections of primary and secondary sources. Rare books, documents and ephemera will be on display.

3-5 p.m. Panel and cake-cutting
Location: Belk Library and Information Commons Room 421
Past and present leaders of the Center for Appalachian Studies, the Appalachian Journal and the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection will present short papers on the history of each institution with additional question and answer sessions. We will then share cake and refreshments to celebrate our 40/45/50 milestones.

6-7:30 p.m. Anniversary dinner - $12 per person and the RSVP is recommended
Location: Gaijin Noodle Bar
Enjoy fellowship with our alumni, past and present faculty, and regional supporters at the Gaijin Noodle Bar in Boone. Gaijin will feature a private dinner of Appalachian-inspired Asian dishes and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. 

Meal options include (choose one of the following):

  • Steamed buns (3): Smoked tofu OR Smoked pork
  • Vegetarian Ramen: Pickled Shiitake
  • Shoyu (Soy) Ramen: Pork Belly
  • Spicy Ramen: Confit chicken
  • Portobello sandwich (choose fries, chips or sweet potato chips)
  • Burger with arugula, bacon, Japanese Queso (choose fries, chips or sweet potato chips)


Please RSVP with your meal choice to: schumannwr@appstate.edu

Gaijin is located within walking distance from campus at 455 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607. We will also offer a shuttle between 5:15 and 6 p.m. from the Belk Library roundabout to Gaijin and a return shuttle back to Belk Library and the Rivers Street Visitor Parking Deck starting from 10 p.m. Additional nearby parking can be found on University Drive after 5 p.m.

8-10 p.m. Anniversary benefit concert - Cover Charge $5
Location: Gaijin Noodle Bar
We are saddened by the passing of Ed Cabbell this year, one of the first graduate students in Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University. Please join us for a scholarship fund-raising concert honoring Ed at Gaijin Noodle Bar. The $5 cover will support scholarships and research to honor his great legacy. If you cannot join us for the dinner, doors will open to the public at 7:30 p.m.

We are delighted to announce that folk singer/activist Si Kahn will headline our concert, which will also feature a wide array of award-winning musicians who have come through the program in Appalachian Studies.

Saturday, September 8

9:30-10:30 a.m. Alumni interview
Location: In the Great Hall in the LLA building (home of the Center)
We want to hear about alumni experiences during and after the MA program. This session will be recorded as an informal round-table discussion for University Archives. 
Coffee and light snacks provided.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Elk Knob Community Headwaters Day
A Community potluck event at Elk Knob State Park with food, music, demonstrations and hiking in one of Watauga County’s most popular parks.

Please contact the Center for Appalachian Studies with questions by calling 828-262-4089 or emailing Billy Schumann at schumannwr@appstate.edu.
Campus map: https://maps.appstate.edu/
Visitor parking information: https://parking.appstate.edu/visitor-parking