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THE WOMEN’S HISTORY TRAIL Folk Heritage Association of Macon County, N C

Women’s History Trail: Walk in Their Steps

The Women’s History Trail…Small Steps… a project sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC), is taking small steps that will hopefully lead to big strides for women’s history by celebrating the lives of Macon County women, honoring their accomplishments and creating a trail to “walk in her steps.” This project aims to weave together the disparate elements of our history: Native American, White, Black; those of all levels of society; those of pioneer stock and those more recently arrived, telling their stories through various art mediums/exhibits and markers along a designated path.

As visitors travel to each of the sites, we hope they will be able to experience history in a deeper, more personal way giving a greater sense of identity to these women and adding to the beauty and interest of the Town.

Although the project is just getting off the ground, a recent $720 grant from the Jim McRae Endowment for the Visual Arts, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation set up by Barbara McRae in Jim’s memory, will make it possible to proceed with planning, branding and implementing the first stop along the trail.

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Anne Hyder, Chairman of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC), accepts a check from Barbara McRae on behalf of the Jim McRae Endowment for the Visual Arts, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation. This donation will be used to support the Women’s History Trail, a project of the FHAMC. Several FHAMC Board of Directors are also pictured above.

Be on the lookout for future Women’s History Trail fundraising opportunities that partner with historical experiences to not only raise necessary funds for the project, but also share stories about the women who helped shape Macon County’s history. If you would like to learn more about the WHT, get involved in the project or make a donation, please click here.


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We are a one-of-a-kind magazine that provides local, regional, national and international information about women’s lives and education, performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability and regional Western North Carolina business, people and events. “Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers. Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society. Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears. Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi Our Mission provides readers with information important to women’s lives and well-being. We focus primarily on the areas of education & health, business & finance, the arts & the environment. We are particularly interested in local & regional resources, organizations & events.

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