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Al Ernest, the newly appointed board chairman of the Southern Appalachian Historical
Association, reenacts at the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum in Boone.
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Originally published: 2014-01-30 17:39:58
Last modified: 2014-01-30 17:39:58

SAHA welcomes new board members, chairman

by Staff Reports

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association, nonprofit producer of  the outdoor drama "Horn in the West" and the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum in Boone, rings in the new year with three new board members.


The SAHA board of directors on Monday held its first monthly meeting of the year and welcomed three new members, who each filled vacant seats.


Al Ernest, who has more than 30 years of international business experience; Greg Williams, co-owner of Positive Contrast, a photography and production management business in the area; and Clyde Burleson, Boone native and owner of South Fork Property Management, join the 12-member board.


Michelle Ligon, who served as SAHA's chairwoman for two years, reached the end of her term, and Ernest was selected to serve as the new chairman.


Ernest has been volunteering as a reenactor at Hickory Ridge for four years and can often be seen cooking a rabbit on the fire at the museum. 


"I enjoy history, and it's great that I can drive just seven minutes down the road to Hickory Ridge Museum every Saturday to reenact. I am thrilled to be serving on the SAHA board,"  Ernest said.


Williams was selected to serve as vice chairman, taking the place of Steve Canipe. Andy Stallings and Stephanie Ward chose to remain serving in their current positions as treasurer and secretary, respectively. 


SAHA is collaborating with town of Boone officials to begin construction on backstage areas in preparation for its upcoming season this summer. 


"We have a lot of work to do, but I am confident that, with a strong plan, we can fundraise and do the necessary repairs. There will be a show this summer," Ernest said.


Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, which offers guests a glimpse into the 1700s as costumed interpreters demonstrate pioneer life and culture, will open the first weekend in May and will be open through the end of October.


"Horn in the West," the nation's longest running Revolutionary War drama and Boone's first family attraction, is scheduled to run from late June to mid-August.


For more information about SAHA or its productions, visit http://www.HornintheWest.com or call (828) 264-2120.