Haywood Community College


Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard

185 Freedlander Drive

Clyde, NC 28721

828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-4513

Date: 10-17-05

For immediate release.

2000 Year Old Mexican Sculptures Presented to HCC

Blanche and Donald Campbell of Maggie Valley recently presented two Mexican Nayarit sculptures to Haywood Community College. The sculptures, Nayarit seated male pottery figure and Nayarit seated female pottery figure, were created between 100 BC and 300 AD. HCC Interim President Dr. Donald Stanton said, "We appreciate this distinctive gift to the college. We hope that many people will enjoy seeing them here."

The Nayarit sculptures were a gift to the Campbells from the estate of Nina Buchlander, a long-time friend of the couple. An avid traveler, Buchlander acquired the sculptures on one of her many trips. According to the Campbells, Buchlander came to Waynesville as a Cuban refugee. She moved to Cuba from her native country of Yugoslavia when she had to flee the country during Hitler's reign. The Campbell's said that at one time Buchlander was on Hitler's ten most wanted list. Donald Campbell said, "She was a survivor, an admirable woman who loved life and this area."

The Campbells, recognizing the uniqueness of the 2000 year old sculptures, felt like the two figures should be placed in a location where they could be preserved and enjoyed by the public. The pottery figures currently are displayed in the President's office and eventually will reside in the HCC library.

The Campbells moved to Haywood County when Donald retired from Ford Motor Company over 30 years ago. They have come to love the mountains, the people and the heritage of the area. Blanche pointed out that their home on Campbell Creek in Maggie Valley was once the home of the Mill wheel that currently is located at HCC.

The Campbells are in the process of moving back to Michigan to be near their children.

Photo (by Debra Davis) attached:


Blanche and Donald Campbell (far right) hold the Mexican Nayarit sculptures that they recently donated to Haywood Community College. HCC Interim President Dr. Donald Stanton and his wife, Barbie (far left), acknowledge the gift on behalf of the college.