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August 2020

History Explorers for Kids: Ancient American Indian Artifacts and Cherokee Traditions

August 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

***We have cancelled this event due to weather conditions. Please check out our website to sign up for future History Explorers events, running through mid-October: https://www.history.swannanoavalleymuseum.org/events/ Children's programming is also…

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Webinar: The Negro Motorist Green Book in Western North Carolina

August 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

How did African Americans travel during the 20th century? Where did they go and why? How did they know where to go? What was the experience like?  Join the Swannanoa…

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September 2020

History Cafe Webinar: The Swannanoa 4-H Camp as a German POW Camp in WWII

September 3, 2020 @ 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 online presentation, Elodie Covert will discuss the history of the historic Swannanoa 4-H Camp and the property's use as a prisoner of war camp in WWII. Construction of…

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Book Club Webinar: Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout

September 14, 2020 @ 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 the Swannanoa Valley Museum for an online book club discussion of award-winning songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler's autobiography "Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout." Registrants will receive a Zoom link before…

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Webinar: Preserving Family Heirlooms- Working with Photos, Letters and Textiles

September 14, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In this webinar, museum director LeAnne Johnson will explore simple tips and tricks that can aid in preserving family artifacts at home. From old photographs and handwritten letters to flashy…

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History Explorers for Kids: Quilts- Colors, Patterns and Symbols

September 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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In this program, children will get to view different historic, hand made quilts and learn to recognize quilt patterns. They will finish with an activity in which they color their…

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AbsenTea Fundraiser

September 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  You are cordially invited to our AbsenTea: A Zoom Fundraiser for the Swannanoa Valley Museum! Celebrate the culture of tea and support the Swannanoa Valley Museum at this fun…

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History Cafe Webinar: Preserving the Historic South Asheville Cemetery

September 28, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The South Asheville Cemetery, located in the Kenilworth neighborhood behind St. John "A" Baptist Church, is the resting place for approximately 2000 African American residents of Asheville, who were buried…

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October 2020

Webinar: The Art of Hairwork Jewelry- A Brief History of Its Sentiments and How It Was Made

October 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum a 1-hour Zoom presentation with Gina Iacovelli of Mementos Entwined, on the 19th century techniques used to create sentimental and mourning jewelry with human hair, and…

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Book Club Webinar: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

October 12, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day with an online discussion of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. The discussion will be facilitated by Delesslin George-Warren and Kassidy Maeghan Plyler of…

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History Cafe Webinar: “You Have to Start a Thing”: Early Women in NC Governance

October 19, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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In 1894, Asheville became the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement in North Carolina when Helen Morris Lewis formed the Equal Suffrage Association of North Carolina, the first of its…

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Canceled: The Haunted Valley Rally Driving Tour

October 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The Swannanoa Valley Museum's Haunted Valley Rally Driving Tour, scheduled to take place October 23rd and 24th has been canceled. While we have received support and interest for the tour,…

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Canceled: The Haunted Valley Rally Driving Tour

October 24, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The Swannanoa Valley Museum's Haunted Valley Rally Driving Tour, scheduled to take place October 23rd and 24th has been canceled. While we have received support and interest for the tour,…

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November 2020

Webinar: Trade, Recruitment and Rebellion- Native Mediation of Spanish Colonization

November 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

How did Native peoples receive and interact with Spanish conquistadors in the mid-16th century? Contrary to popular narratives, Native peoples were not passive victims of Spanish colonization. Instead, Native leaders…

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Webinar: Crisis in Catawba Territory: Catawba Indian Women’s Interactions with Catawba and Non-Catawba Men, 1789-1828

November 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In this online event, Brooke Bauer will examine Catawba women's interactions with the men in their world during a period of crisis. She will expand on our understanding of the…

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December 2020

SVM’s Holiday Open House

December 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Come celebrate the holiday season at the Swannanoa Valley Museum's Holiday Open House! This event will be an opportunity to enjoy our nine-foot tall Christmas tree, listen to holiday music…

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January 2021

Winter Workshop 1 (online): Fermentation Made Easy!

January 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

In this workshop we will talk about why humans ferment food (hint: flavor, preservation, & health), we will discuss some of the history and culture of different fermentations, we will…

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February 2021

Winter Workshop 2 (online): Mountain Songs for the Soul

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Mountain Songs for the Soul” comes from the idea that singing traditional ballads and folk songs can strengthen us for hard times as well as help us celebrate the good…

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March 2021

Rim Hiker Orientation

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event will be held online via Zoom. Registered Rim hikers will receive a zoom link ahead of time via email.

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SVM Book Club: A Conversation with Mary Othella Burnette, author of Lige of the Black Walnut Tree (online)

March 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

This SVM Book Club event will feature a conversation with Mary Othella Burnette, author of Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia. Read a New…

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Winter Workshop 3 (online): Art from your Yard- Natural Pigment Tempera Paint and Smash Flower Art

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In this winter workshop, museum director LeAnne Johnson will teach how to make natural pigment tempera paint using egg yolk and pigments made right from your own yard. Grass for…

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SVM Book Club: Discussion of Lige of the Black Walnut Tree- Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia (online)

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

This event will be a book club discussion of Mary Othella Burnette's Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia. This event is free, but an…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1: Weatherford Heights

March 20 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The hike to Weatherford Heights explores the history and geography of Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly. The hike follows the original boundary line of the conference center’s grounds, surveyed by educator, author, and religious leader Willis…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1: Weatherford Heights

March 21 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The hike to Weatherford Heights explores the history and geography of Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly. The hike follows the original boundary line of the conference center’s grounds, surveyed by educator, author, and religious leader Willis…

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VHE Hiker Orientation

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This event will be held online via Zoom. Registered VHE hikers will receive a zoom link ahead of time via email.

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April 2021

Valley History Explorer Hike #2: Leader’s Choice (Kitsuma)

April 10 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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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Valley History Explorer Hike #2: Leader’s Choice (Kitsuma)

April 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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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SVM Book Club: Moonfixer (online) by C.C. Tillery

April 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

From the publisher: "In the dawning years of the 20th century, Bessie Daniels leaves her home town of Hot Springs and travels east over the mountains to live with her…

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Appalachian Experience: Mounds, Towns, and Sacred Fires: The Archaeology of Resilience in the Cherokee Heartland (online)

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Mound and village sites like Kituwah, Nikwasi, and Cowee are prominent places in the Cherokee heartland of western North Carolina. Despite a history of encroaching development and site destruction, these…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge

April 16 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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This difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. Montreat was founded by Rev. John C. Collins in 1897 as a place “for physical and…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge

April 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. Montreat was founded by Rev. John C. Collins in 1897 as a place “for physical and…

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WNC History Café: Julia Wolfe: Remarkable Woman of the Swannanoa Valley (online)

April 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Julia Elizabeth Westall Wolfe was born on February 16th, 1860, and grew up in the Swannanoa River Valley. Along with a life long passion of buying and selling real estate,…

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Mid-Week Wildflower Hike

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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This spring, head outside and learn to identify both common and rare Appalachian wildflowers on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Led by Joe and Mary Standaert, local historians and members of the…

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Mid-Week Wildflower Hike #2

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Scheduled by popular demand! Our Wildflower Hike for April 27th filled up, so now we are offering a second hike on the 28th! This spring, head outside and learn to…

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May 2021

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the east side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The trip stops at…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Swannanoa (Davidson Grave and Alexander Farm Ruins)

May 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike will take hikers to see the grave of the first European settler west of the Blue Ridge – Samuel Davidson (located on private property),  who was killed by…

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SVM Book Club: Selu: Seeking the Corn Mother’s Wisdom by Marilou Awiakta

May 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

From Wikipedia: "Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom is a book by Marilou Awiakta. It uses poems, essays, and drawings to explore themes of unity and diversity. Awiakta uses the Cherokee…

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Appalachian Experience: Hunting Edible/Medicinal Mushrooms (online)

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Hunting morels in the spring is a common tradition for many in our region, and a handful of other choice edible wild mushrooms are gaining in popularity. Few seem to…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Swannanoa (Davidson Grave and Alexander Farm Ruins)

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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This hike will take hikers to see the grave of the first European settler west of the Blue Ridge – Samuel Davidson (located on private property),  who was killed by…

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

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This will be a rewarding hike with some of the best views on the rim. However, it will be long and difficult. The hike will be a loop hike of…

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

May 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This will be a rewarding hike with some of the best views on the rim. However, it will be long and difficult. The hike will be a loop hike of…

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Walk Through History: “Rhododendron”- The Guastavino Estate

May 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Take a guided walking tour of the eleven sites on the Christmount Christian Assembly property that comprise the Guastavino Estate "Rhododendron," located in Black Mountain, NC. Get historical insight into…

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WNC History Café: Digitizing WNC’s African-American History (online)

May 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

In the Spring of 2021, teams of students in Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson's UNC Asheville "Out of the Archives: Adventures in Digital History" class worked together to create digital history…

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Pollinator Day

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 221 West State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Join us on Saturday, May 29th for Pollinator Day! This event is a collaboration between BMCA and the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center to celebrate the importance of pollinators…

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June 2021

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

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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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SVM Book Club: Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson (online)

June 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

From the publisher: "The ballad 'John Henry' is the most recorded folk song in American history and John Henry--the mighty railroad man who could blast through rock faster than a…

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Appalachian Experience: Roots in Appalachia- Ginseng in Western North Carolina (online)

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The harvest of wild American ginseng has been an integral part of Appalachian history and culture for over 300 years. As one of the world’s most popular herbal remedies, ginseng…

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

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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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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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

June 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

June 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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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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