EARL SCRUGGS CENTER: MUSIC & STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH Shelby, North Carolina
“It was an amazing experience that launched an important new resource that will preserve and celebrate the legacy of Earl Scruggs and bluegrass music for North Carolina and the world. “
— William R. Ferris, senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and author of The Storied South.
The Earl Scruggs Center, in Shelby, N.C., will showcases the history and cultural traditions of the Carolina foothills, explored through the lens of the region’s pre-eminent ambassador of music, Earl Scruggs. The Center’s programming and oral history projects connect the past with the present, allowing visitors to understand how traditions adapt and change through time. The Earl Scruggs Center, opened January 2014, transformed the former Cleveland County Courthouse into an engaging hub for music, learning and community activities. Museum Concepts has been the producer and owner’s representative for the Earl Scruggs Center since the master plan phase began in 2008. In this capacity, Museum Concepts has put together and managed the design, interpretive and media teams throughout the development and production phases.
The TeamMuseum Concepts, Owner’s Representative and Project LeadCarolynne Harris Consulting, Project Management & OperationsMFM Design, Exhibit DesignersDon Smith, WriterSharon Barry, EditorJoan Mathys, Image and Film ResearcherCraig Havighurst and Robert Gordon, Film ProducersCortina Production, Interactive Media ProducersDesign & Production, Fabricators
National AdvisorsWilliam R. Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, former chair for the National Endowment for the Humanities and author of “Give My Poor Heart Ease” and “The Storied South”Tom Hanchett, historian, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, N.C.