WCU students to release Dillsboro book published by local press

Dillsboro–Western Carolina University communication and public relations students will release a new book, A Guide to Historic Dillsboro, in celebration of the town’s 125th anniversary during Dillsboro’s Heritage Day event on Saturday, Sept. 6.

A Guide to Historic Dillsboro highlights the town’s unique history, profiles its award-winning artisans and crafts people, features current businesses, and showcases the wide variety of events and attractions in Dillsboro.

The 140-plus-page book will sell for $10, and all profits will be donated to the Appalachian Women’s Museum.

The first printed draft of A Guide to Historic Dillsboro

Students Tyler Cook, Michael Lovett and Susan Shelton developed the book as part of a Public Relations Campaigns course taught in spring 2014 by Dr. Betty Farmer, professor of communication and public relations.

Farmer has led WCU’s community engagement project in Dillsboro since 2009. With the help of Farmer, the authors added content and edited the book during the summer.

“We look forward to sharing the story of Dillsboro with the larger community,” said Cook, now a WCU alumnus, who, in addition to contributing a significant amount of content, did the layout for the book as well as served as production manager during the printing process.

Cook is co-founder, with local author Eva McCall, of Moonshine Press, a Franklin-based publisher.

The authors will be available to sign copies of the book during Heritage Day, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Dillsboro. Additionally, the book will be sold in Dillsboro stores, local bookstores and online.

“This book will outlive all of us,” said Cook. “It will not only help fund a worthy cause, but it will help preserve a historic town that has already lasted 125 years.”

The authors especially thank Dogwood Crafters, which sponsored the initial printing costs of the book. A craft cooperative in business since 1976, Dogwood Crafters showcases the handmade treasures of regional artisans.

A Guide to Historic Dillsboro is a project of the Dillsboro/Western Carolina University Partnership Committee. This book is in celebration of both Dillsboro’s and WCU’s 125th anniversaries.

For more information, contact Cook, co-author and Moonshine Press publisher, at 828.371.8519 ormoonshinepressnc@gmail.com. To visit the book’s Facebook page, go tohttps://www.facebook.com/historicdillsboro

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