Historical Automobile Exhibit, 4th Floor

Early car with two passengers on The Blowing Rock in North Carolina

A new exhibit, "The Automobile as an Agent of Change," is now on display in the 4th Floor atrium in Belk Library and Information Commons. More than just a means of getting from one place to another, automobiles have brought great change to our economy, our culture, and our local surroundings and habits over the past century. This Special Collections exhibit explores this change through the lens of our collections. The exhibit will run through the end of November 2014.

Come learn about fan reaction to Richard Petty's switch from Plymouth to Ford in 1969, early 1900s car culture in the booming town of Shull's Mills, North Carolina, and how the invention of the automobile empowered women in the 20th century, among other topics.

This exhibit was curated by Suzanne Wise and Greta Browning, with invaluable help from student assistants Forrest Yerman (exhibit research) and Wesley Davis (exhibit preparation).

For more information, please contact us at 828-262-7974 or spcoll@appstate.edu.

Photo: From AC.500, Appalachian Cultural Museum Records in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

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