Mary Myrtle Cornwell; Courtesy of




Mary Myrtle Cornwell

Mary Myrtle Cornwell (1911 – 2001) won the award in 1975 for her leadership in the field of mountain crafts. Cornwell, a Haywood County home extension agent who held the post since 1949 when she won the award, was the founder of the Village of Yesteryear craft center at the NC State Fair in Raleigh. She was instrumental in the establishment of the NC Museum of Handicrafts on the Haywood Tech campus.