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In honor of Heritage Day and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War the Murphy Library is showing the moving and unforgettable Shenandoah,  made fifty years ago on the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. It is one of the great Civil War films.

Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 105 minutes. Rated PG.

 It stars James Stewart as a farmer who only wants to be left alone with his family on his 500 acres  in the Shenandoah Valley.  But he is caught between the North and the South.  He doesn’t own slaves, his sons and daughter and daughter-in-law plow the fields and feed the animals.  The war is not his war.  Not until some Union soldiers capture his 16-year-old son.

The dialogue is right on and so is Stewart.  The story may make you cry.  It did me.

Call 837-2417 for details.

Don’t miss Professor Anna Fariello’s talk “Southern Craft: A Revival in the Mountains” at the Henn Theater on Heritage Day, September 4 at 1 p.m.  Admission is free.

Fariello is a research associate professor at Western North Carolina University.  She is also a published author and director of the Craft Revival Project at Hunter Library, Western Carolina University.

The project is researching the craft movement that surged from the 1890’s to the 1940’s and maintained interest in local handcrafts in the Southern Appalachian mountains.

The Craft Revival Project is collecting images available online at the Hunter Library and can be seen at

Besides Western Carolina University, other institutions involved in the Craft Revival Project include Heritage Partners: John C. Campbell Folk School, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Penland School of Crafts, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Southern Highland Craft Guild, WCU Mountain Heritage Center, and WCU Special Collections.