Since its inception in August 2012, the Western Regional Archives has received records from several organizations. One collection with an interesting international flare is the Folkmoot U.S.A. Records. Folkmoot is an international dance festival that is held each summer in the Haywood County town of Waynesville.
The event was the brainchild of Dr. Clinton Border, following a trip he took to Europe with a group of local square dancers. Border reasoned that since western North Carolina has such a rich cultural history, that hosting a dance festival—featuring a myriad of cultures from around the world—would be an endeavor for which the region was well suited. His hunch was right and since its inception in 1984, Folkmoot has hosted hundreds of dancers from scores of nations. One hundred thousand people are drawn to Waynesville each summer to see one or more of the performances.
The collection, which contains correspondence, photographs, and videos, was processed by interns Kendall Rankin and Whitley Albury. Albury also created the finding aid which is now available online. If you are interested in attending, this year’ Folkmoot festival, it will take place July 20–30, 2017.