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July 2019

Book Club: Rootabaga Stories

July 12, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

July’s read is Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories. Published in 1922, Rootabaga Stories is a children's book of interrelated short stories. The whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories, which often use nonsense language, were originally created…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #5: Ridgecrest (Kitsuma)

July 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $35

This hike will follow the Kitsuma Trail to a viewpoint boasting sweeping vistas of the Swannanoa Valley, including a breathtaking view of Mt. Mitchell, which is visible on clear days. Today, Ridgecrest…

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Chamber After Hours: Museum Edition

July 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The Museum will be open late tonight for members and volunteers from the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Chamber of Commerce to see our 2019 exhibits in style. Our current…

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Historic Documentary Series: Peace Stories

July 18, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Our July film selection from Appalshop is "Peace Stories" (1991).   From Appalshop: "In Peace Stories, three men from the South recount their war experiences and discuss it’s effects on their…

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History Cafe: Sarah Gudger’s Journey to Freedom

July 22, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5

Sarah Gudger's oral history from the 1930s Federal Writer's Project Slave Narratives is the only written, personal eye witness account of a person who was enslaved in Buncombe County. Katherine…

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August 2019

Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

August 2, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70 Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711 + Google Map

Donate to the Museum’s fiscal year end Rummage Sale today! To donate items please contact Yolanda Smith at (828) 669-1679 or chicgrandma96@yahoo.com. Please do not bring donations to the museum. Gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, children’s…

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Book Club: The French Broad

August 9, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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August’s read is The French Broad by Wilma Dykeman. From Kirkus Reviews, "An interesting and proud contribution to the Rivers of America, this is an account of a major waterway,…

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Valley History Explorer Series Hike #6: Riceville (Shope Creek)

August 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Riceville Valley Community Church, 2342 Riceville Road
Asheville, NC 28805
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$25 – $35

Riceville is named after Joseph Marion Rice, who settled in the valley in the 1780s. We'll carpool to the trailhead and along the way view several points of historic interest. …

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Historic Documentary Series – Ready for Harvest: Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians

August 15, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Our last film of the summer season will be "Ready for Harvest: Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians" (1993). Museum staff will chronicle the history of timbering in the Swannanoa Valley…

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History Cafe: Franklin Terry’s WWI Orphans

August 26, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5

Join us for a presentation by Montreat College history professor, Lisa Toland, on the philanthropic work of Black Mountain's Franklin S. Terry. Between 1920 and 1924, Franklin S. Terry built…

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September 2019

Book Club: Above the Waterfall

September 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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September's read is Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash. From the publisher - "In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash illuminates lives…

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Valley History Explorer Series Hike #7: Montreat (Hydroelectric History)

September 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $35

This hike focuses on the history of Montreat, which was founded in 1897 by Rev. John Collins. The remnants of the Montreat hydroelectric facilities that were constructed in 1913 and in use until 1947…

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History Cafe: Digital History

September 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5

In the Spring of 2019, teams of students in Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson's Digital History class at UNC-Asheville worked together to create digital history projects that made slices of Western…

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October 2019

Beacon Blanket Day

October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Shop all things Beacon Blankets while visiting the Museum's exhibit about the textile mill in Swannanoa that was once the largest in the world! Jerry and Kathy Brownstein will be…

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Book Club: Real NASCAR

October 11, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

October’s read is Real NASCAR by Daniel S. Pierce. From the publisher, "In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Daniel S. Pierce offers a revealing new…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 25, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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​This year, ​our annual Historic Haunted House Tour will take guests back in time to discover the ghostly, spooky, and fun parts of downtown Black Mountain’s history. ​Participants will enjoy snacks and…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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​This year, our annual Historic Haunted House Tour will take guests back in time to discover the ghostly, spooky, and fun parts of downtown Black Mountain’s history. ​Participants will enjoy snacks, drinks,…

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History Cafe: Music of the Swannanoa Tunnel

October 28, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5

Join Warren Wilson College professors Jeff Keith and Kevin Kehrberg as they present on the musical legacies extending from the late nineteenth century construction of the Swannanoa Tunnel.  Part song…

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November 2019

Book Club: Divine Right’s Trip

November 8, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

November’s read is Divine Right's Trip by Gurney Norman. From the NY Times: Gurney Norman’s “Divine Right’s Trip” — a hippie, druggie road-trip-novel-cum-lifestyle-manifesto — first appeared “episodically” as a series of…

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Celebrate! Wendell Begley’s Service to the Board

November 8, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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After serving seven terms as Board Chair, Wendell Begley has stepped down from the board to, like those before him, pass on leadership of the board to the next generation.…

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Treasured Trees – Plaque Installation Day Schedule

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Christmount, 222 Fern Way
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The community is invited to the official unveiling of 10 new Swannanoa Valley Treasured Trees on Saturday, November 9.   At 10:00am, there will be a brief ceremony followed by…

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December 2019

Book Club: The Birds of Opulence

December 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

December's read is The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson. From the publisher, "A lyrical exploration of love and loss, The Birds of Opulence centers on several generations of women in a bucolic…

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January 2020

Registration: Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Hiking Series

January 2 @ 10:30 am - January 25 @ 8:00 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711

NEW, FULL SERIES HIKERS: On January 2, 2020, online (credit card) registration for the 2020 Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Series will open up on Eventbrite for 25 new hikers at…

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Museum Hike Leader Orientation

January 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Tonight the Museum's hike leaders will meet at the Museum to go over the 2020 schedule and sign up as leaders for hikes on the 2020 schedule.  

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Orientation: Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Hiking Series

January 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Join us for an orientation to our popular SWANNANOA VALLEY RIM EXPLORER™ HIKING SERIES. The meeting, held at the Black Mountain Public Library (105 N Dougherty St) at 6:00pm, will cover specifics…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #2: Rhododendron Rim

January 25 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This 4.3 mile, moderate hike​ runs from Wendell Begley’s home on Sunset Mountain to Route 9. It passes through property once owned by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, best known for his…

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February 2020

Exploring the Community and Connections of Oteen

February 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exploring the Community and Connections of Oteen The Western Regional Archives is located in a former Veteran’s Administration Hospital Nurses dormitory and part of the Charles George VA National Historic…

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Historic Swannanoa Creek Hike

February 8 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The museum will host a difficult/strenuous winter hike down this historic path, which was used by wagons and stagecoaches bringing travelers up the mountain before the railroad was built. Though passenger train service ceased in the…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #3: Cherokee Boundary

February 15 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The Cherokee Boundary was the eastern most boundary of the Cherokee Nation. The hike will begin at Wendell's house and cover the Eastern Continental Divide to near Swannanoa Gap. Almost all of the 4.5 mile trip (many ups and…

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Falls Branch Falls Hike

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Enjoy visiting the small, but beautiful, waterfall on Falls Branch, located within the boundaries of Grove Stone and Sand Quarry. This loop hike will ramble through parts of the quarry…

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Orientation: Valley History Explorer Hiking Series

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 221 West State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Free

Join us for an orientation to the Museum’s VALLEY HISTORY EXPLORER HIKING SERIES, which consists of 8 hikes to historic locations around the Swannanoa Valley, one in each of our communities.…

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March 2020

Winter Workshop Series: Full Series Registration

March 7 @ 8:00 am - March 21 @ 5:00 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$80 – $95

The Swannanoa Valley Museum Winter Workshop series is a short-run series of workshops focused on the craft and music traditions of Southern Appalachia. For three consecutive Saturdays from March 7th…

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Workshop 1: Introduction to Appalachian Ballad Singing

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $35

Come enjoy a workshop on Southern Appalachian ballads, or “story songs,” brought over from the British-Isles and passed through oral tradition in the Southern Mountains. Ballad singer Saro Lynch-Thomason will…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #1: Bee Tree (Reservoir)

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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image of the bee tree reservoir surrounded by mountains

This year's Bee Tree hike will take hikers on a 2-mile moderate trek along the banks of the closed Bee Tree Reservoir to Jack's Falls. The hike is along road…

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Workshop 2: Introduction to Appalachian Folk Medicine

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $35

  THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. THE MUSEUM HAS A RUNNING WAIT LIST FOR THE CLASS. IF A MINIMUM OF 10 PEOPLE SIGN UP, THE CLASS WILL BE HELD…

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Workshop 3: Making Log Cabin Quilt Squares – Canceled

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $35

Canceled- The Swannanoa Valley Museum has canceled this event in cooperation of the social distancing policy mandated by Governor Roy Cooper. We are making every effort to ensure the safety…

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April 2020

A Tea with a Twist at Black Mountain College- Canceled

April 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Camp Rockmont for Boys, 375 Lake Eden Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Canceled- The Swannanoa Valley Museum has canceled this event in cooperation of the social distancing policy mandated by Governor Roy Cooper. We are making every effort to ensure the safety…

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Book Club Webinar: Whistling Woman

April 20 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join us Monday, April 20th for our webinar Book Club presentation and discussion on Whistling Woman by C.C. Tillery! Cyndi and Christy, the Tillery Sisters, will talk about researching their…

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Postponed: Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge

April 25 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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**This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year. Please direct any questions to svmhikes@gmail.com** This difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental…

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History Cafe Webinar: 1566- Juan Pardo & the Native Town of Joara

April 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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In this hour-long webinar, Warren Wilson professor David Moore will discuss the historic encounter between Native peoples and Spanish Conquistadors at the town of Joara, near what is present-day Morganton…

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Postponed: Mid-Week Wildflower Walk

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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**This event has been postponed due to state and county mandates concerning the coronavirus outbreak. Please e-mail svmvolunteer@gmail.com with any inquiries. Consider, instead, attending our Spring Wildflower Webinar on Monday,…

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May 2020

Spring Wildflowers Webinar: Ecology, Botany, and Identification

May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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A webinar on the ecology, botany, and identification of spring wildflowers in Southern Appalachia! Hosted by Joe Standaert, local historian and member of the Western Carolina Botanical Club. Our virtual…

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Book Club Webinar: Living Stories of the Cherokee

May 11 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Join us Monday, May 11th for our webinar Book Club discussion of Living Stories of the Cherokee, edited by Barbara Duncan. The museum will be hosting this event via Zoom…

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Postponed-Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge

May 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This event has been postponed and may be rescheduled for later in the year. Please email svmhikes@gmail.com with any questions.  This will be a rewarding hike with some of the…

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History Cafe Webinar: ᏚᏗᏱᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᎸᏅᎢ – Stories of the Snowbird Day School.

May 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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In this hour-long webinar, UNCA professor Trey Adcock will explore the history of the Snowbird Day School, a federally run school for Cherokee students in WNC, and discuss efforts to…

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June 2020

Webinar: Music of the North Carolina Textile Mills

June 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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In this presentation, folklorist Saro Lynch-Thomason will present and discuss the music produced by textile mill workers in the heyday of North Carolina’s textile industry. In the early decades of…

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Book Club Webinar: Guests on Earth

June 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This event will be held as a webinar over Zoom. Please RSVP below so that you can receive a zoom link before the event starts! From the author, Lee Smith:…

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Postponed: Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Black Mountain (In the Oaks)

June 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Details: Join us for a historic tour of the Montreat College Athletic Campus, the former site on In-the-Oaks. We will take a short tour through the house and then walk the…

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Postponed: Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

June 20 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This strenuous 3.1 mile hike takes its name from the rock that resembles a Cherokee chief known as Grey Eagle sitting and overlooking Black Mountain. The hike begins at Black…

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History Cafe Webinar: Exploring the Community and Connections of Oteen

June 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The Western Regional Archives is located in a former Veteran’s Administration Hospital Nurses dormitory and part of the Charles George VA National Historic District. This location made Regional Archives staff…

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