Despite being closed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Funk Heritage Center is launching a new program to help the public experience all the museum has to offer.

“We know people are stuck at home, and we know they can’t come to us, so we are bringing the museum to them,” Director Jeff Bishop said.

This program, “Bringing the Museum to YOU,” is designed to be an online museum experience, allowing the public to enjoy the Funk Heritage Center and many of its events without having to leave the comfort of home. By going online to YouTube and searching for “Funk Heritage Center,” anyone interested can take a look at the handful of videos posted by the museum on a variety of topics.

Videos of recent events from the “Appalachian Explorations” series could be found on its YouTube channel. One video was a recording of the talk given by Funk Heritage Center Director Emeritus Dr. Joseph Kitchens, “The Other Irish: Ulster Irish in the Old South,” while the other was of “A Small Postscript on Alexander Long’s ‘Small Postscript’: Rumor and Imagination on the Southern Frontier in the Era of the Yamasee War,” presented by Dr. Bill Ramsey of Lander University. Along with these, other videos on the channel include a short view of the Sellars Tool Gallery, a depiction of a typical day for an 1850s pioneer family and a handful of other presentations that have been given at the center in the past, such as “The Indian World of George Washington,” “If Plants Could Talk” and “The Archaeology of the Cherokee Heartland of Western North Carolina.”

Although Bishop said the program was still in its beginning stages, there are a number of videos museum staff are looking to have uploaded in the near future for the public to enjoy.

“These will include more videos of lectures we’ve done, but also pieces about items in our collection, some essays and some links to interesting things,” Bishop said.

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