Owning the Stereotype: the History of Hillbilly Iconography


until June 30


May 4th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


This exhibit features the private collection of Montgomery Museum Board President Dr. Jean Haskell, retired professor of Appalachian Studies at Virginia Tech and East Tennessee State University and co-editor, Encyclopedia of Appalachia. The exhibit will explore how stereotypes featuring the poor, backward “hillbilly” found their way onto myriad objects. The exhibit will explore questions such as: How did these stereotypes begin? How were they viewed within the Appalachian region? and Did the stereotypes come to be embraced within the region? Also on exhibit will be a moonshine still used in Montgomery County. The exhibit will open in April.