History at High Noon: Well-Crafted: The History of the Western North Carolina Furniture Industry (HYBRID)

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Please join us in the Daniels Auditorium at the North Carolina Museum of History OR via Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted the day of the program and sent out to all registrants.

Speaker: Richard Eller, author, historian, and award-winning documentarian

Join the NC Museum of History as we welcome author and professor Richard Eller as part of the museum’s new exhibition Furniture: Crafting a North Carolina Legacy. Eller’s talk will focus on the furniture industry, how it came to be in western North Carolina, its growth, and the quest of finding information about the workers, trends, and development of manufacturing that led to its rise, decline, and rebirth. Stick around after the talk to get your copy of Well-Crafted: The History of the Western North Carolina Furniture Industry signed by the author! Don’t have your copy of the book yet? No problem, Eller’s book will be available for purchase in our Museum Shop.

Richard Eller is a historian whose work on regional history has included award-winning documentaries, including a 17-episode series called Back Then . . ., as well as feature-length productions on Piedmont Airlines, the 1944 Polio Epidemic, and Hickory’s own Untouchables football team. Books written or cowritten by Eller include those subjects, and also a volume on Abraham Lincoln’s North Carolina roots and histories on Hickory, Newton, and the western North Carolina furniture industry. He writes a weekly history column for Focus magazine and serves as the historian-in-residence for the Historical Association of Catawba County. He is currently executive director of Redhawk Publications, a book publishing initiative of Catawba Valley Community College, where he also teaches as a professor of history. For more information about this program, please contact Stacey Smith at 919-814-7032.