The Appalachian region encompasses incredible biodiversity, a rich history of resilience and ingenuity, unique food ways, influential musical traditions and much more. In the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center’s Appalachian Experience series, researchers and experts from across the country present on the many aspects of what makes Appalachia a remarkable place. From discussing the global ginseng trade to exploring experiences of emancipation from slavery, to studying how Appalachian migrants have shaped America’s music genres, this series will expand participants’ understanding of Appalachian tradition and identity.
Appalachian Experience lectures take place once a month from April through November, on Mondays from 6:30-7:45pm. All lectures take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive the zoom link in advance of the event. Learn more and register below!
2021 Appalachian Experience Series Schedule
- Monday, July 12th, 6:30pm-7:45pm- There’s a Better Home: A Brief History of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”
- Monday, August 9th, 6:30pm-7:45pm- The 8th of August: Southern Appalachia’s Emancipation Day
- Monday, September 13th, 6:30pm-7:45pm- Blair Mountain: America’s Largest Labor Uprising
- Monday, October 11th, 6:30-7:45pm- Appalachian Music in Diaspora
- Monday, November 8th, 6:30-7:45pm- The Scots-Irish in Appalachia
- Monday, April 12, 6:30pm-7:450m- Mounds, Towns and Sacred Fires: The Archaeology of Resilience in the Cherokee Heartland
- Monday, May 10th, 6:30pm-7:45pm – Hunting Edible/Medicinal Mushrooms
- Monday, June 14th, 6:30pm-7:45pm- Roots in Appalachia: Ginseng in Western North Carolina