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Highlands, North Carolina - - The Highest Incorporated Town in Eastern America
AUGUST 6, 1937.
The Highlands
By H. E. Wheeler
The Highlands Museum is an
unique institution, one of the few
museums that is not situated on
a railroad, or that is located in a
mountain section. It was organ
ized in 1927. Its objective being
the preservation of the some local
collections made by the mountain
eers, but its services proved of
such popular interest that it now
undertakes to feature the natural
resources of the region, and to
carry on, at least during the tour
ist season, an educational work of
an informal type.
The Museum, at present, is
he used in a wing of the Hudson
Public Library. However, prop
erty has recently been secured for
the erection of a modern structure.
The Museum is an integral part
of the Biological Laboratory, which
offers excentional opportunities to
scientists and graduate students
for individual research in botany,
zoology, and ecology. The two in
stitutions, which are under the di
rection of a common board of trus
tees, supplement each other, and
furnishing an intriguing and in
spiring interest to both residents
and guests of Highlands.
Among the activities of the Mu
seum may be mentioned the work
with children. Various age-groups
meet for original and creative
work. Their textbook is the out
of-doors and the procession of
varied interests which the region
yields. They made a first-hand
study of birds, animals, trees,
.ihrubs, flowers, reptiles, amphib
ians, insects and snails. They are
being encouraged to make their
own collections. To learn all that
they can by actual observation and i
keep record3 of their adventures.
An older group of children (12-!
20) is given opportunity to make
projects which they work out in
field trips. Some are assigned
the interest of the Museum exhib
its. From these groups are devel
oped volunteer museum assistants,
not only in preparation of speci
mens for exhibit, but in rendering
guide service to visitors. They
also prepare maps and charts, and
learn to name and classify such
forms of life as are collected, or
come under their observation.
For adults, the Museum pre
pares exhibits which are supposed
to challenge their interest, and to
quicken a desire to conserve the
natural beauties and life of the
region. Popular lectures on all
I commend this paper to the support and co-operation of the
citizens and visitors in Highlands. A community paper can
se*ve many useful purposes and be a medium for cementing
friendships and keeping alive associations of enjoyable times
spent in scenic surroundings. The further publication depends
upon the support which is given to this venture and I*hope that
everyone will subscribe to The Highlander and that the mer
chants will use it as an advertising medium. I have come to
know Mr. Fulwood during the past weeks and I believe that we
have an outstanding man to run this publication. Let us all give
him cur support. FRANK BLOXHAM,
Secretary-Treasurer Chamber of Commerce.
sorts of Natural History and hu
man interests are scheduled, both
on Sundays and week days, and
these lectures have been well at
On the 6th of August the Mu
seum schedules a lecture on THE
LINA, by Mr. B. S. Colburn, of
Asheville, who is president of the
North Carolina Mineralogical So
ciety; this lecture to be illustrated
with rare specimens from his own
collection. During the latter part
of August the Museum will fea-,
ture a remarkable exhibit of flour-1
cscenfc minerals, the apparatus for.
which has been recently donated.
On the 27th of August a lecture
LINA will be presented by Mr.
Henry M. Stevenson, Jr., who has
spent the entire summer in the
completion of his report on this
During the present season the
Museum has undertaken to pre
sent the homecrafts of the moun
tain region of Northern India in
contrast with the homecrafts of
the mountain region of North Car
olina. It would seem that while
the creative genius of the orientals
is still ascendant, in spite of the
inroads of civilization, the skill
and patience of the old Anglo
Saxon era of craftsmen has de
clined, giving place to a variety of
shcp and machine crafts that are
far b.low the standards of pioneer,
days. The Museum is, therefore,
sr- 'ring to preserve examples of
these handcrafts which are so
nearly extinct, and welcome any
information as to the possibility
cf acquiring examples of excep
tional skill and beauty.
In co-operation with the Cham
(Continued to Page Four.)
Benefit Garden Tour
On August 7th, which i-s Satur
day, a garden tour will commence
from the steps in front of the Hud
son Library. This tour and the
money accrued from same will be
used for the benefit of the Hudson
Library of our city.
Those availing themselves of
the opportunity to visit the beauti
ful gardens of Miss Ravenel; Colo
nel Sewell; Mrs. Clark Howell;
Miss Warren and Mr. Sloan; will
not only be supporting an excel
lent cause, but will see beauties of
nature which will inspire their
very souls.
Hotels and Camps
at Highlands
Hall House
Highlands Inn
Highlands Country Club
Hotel Edwards (Open all year
Laurel Lodge
King’s Inn
Pierson House
Potts House
Tricemont Terrace
Cabin Inn (3 miles out).
Camp Parrydise—girls, 8 to 17 j
years of age—Mrs. Harvey L. •
Parry, director. ;
Camp Sequoia—boys and girls
up to and including 12 years of
ag>-^Mrs. Coyle E. Moore, direc
Highlands to Have
Community House
The Satulah Club of Highlands
is sponsoring the erection of the
Community Play House, to be lo
cated on the Dillard Road opposite
Robert Rogers' Woodworking
Shop. The building, which will
house a full-sized basket ball
court; stage, with kitchen on one
side and dree-ring rooms on the
other, will cost in the neighborhood
of ten thousand dollars. Of this
amount, some two thousand dol
lars has already been subscribed.
The Community building will be
ready for occupancy some time in
the fall. There is a group of 125
children who will use the building
practically all of the time during
the winter months. It is also ex
pected that the High School Basket
Ball will use this floor during the
season, as well as the Highlands
Fun Makers, an organization of
the city.
Anyone desiring to donate any
sum of money to this project is
earnestly requested to do so. Your
gift may be the deciding factor in
the erection of this building.
Please leave your donations with
either Mrs. Frank Potts or Mrs.
Frank Bloxham. Your co-operation
will be greatly appreciated by
The plans call for the construc
tion of a bowling alley in the
building, and through the con
struction of this building, plans are
being formulated whereby a men’s
club will exist in the city.
The architect for the Community
Play House is Henry I. Gaines, of
Asheville. The plans have been
completed. The contractor will be
Jack M. Hall.
States Represented
in Highlands
From Maine to California; from
the Gulf of Mexico to Canada;
folks have come to visit in High
lands. Taking the figures of those
registered in the Chamber of Com
merce alone, we find that most of
our out-of-State friends have come
here from Florida. The second
largest number have come from
Georgia while South Carolina
ranks third. Other States repre
sented in that register are: North
Carolina, Massachusetts, Louisi
ana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ab
ba m a, Connecticut, California,
Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa, Illinois,
Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey,
New Ycrk, and Cuba.

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