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June 2018

Geodesic Dome Workshop – Black Mountain College

June 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Town Square, 100 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Learn to build a sustainable bamboo geodesic dome with instructors from Appalachian State University. Buckminster Fuller, an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor, was a key figure at…

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July 2018

Be an Archaeologist!

July 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join us for a guided activity session, “Be an Archaeologist,” which allows participants a chance to become archaeologist by searching for reproduction artifacts, and then studying, measuring, and cataloging them…

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August 2018

NC Digs! Traveling Exhibit

August 1, 2018 - August 4, 2018
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The traveling exhibit “NC Digs!” and artifacts from the Berry Site located in Burke County will be on display from July 9 to August 4. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday,…

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September 2018

Book Signing: What Momma Knew and Daddy Grew Cookbook

September 21, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Laura Moser Taylor will be signing ccopies of her new cookbook, What Momma Knew and Daddy Grew, at the Museum on Friday, September 21 from 10:30am until 1:00pm. The cookbook is a collection…

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November 2018

Seven Sisters Peaks Hike

November 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $45

The Seven Sisters peaks are a familiar sight from Lake Tomahawk. While the Seven Sisters span an expanse of only 3.5 miles, hiking up to and across the range is a strenuous,…

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December 2018

Book Club: Bloodroot

December 14, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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December’s read is Bloodroot: Reflections on Time and Place by Appalachian Women Writers edited by Joyce Dyer. Kirkus reviews said, “A broad sampling of deeply impressive writings–essays, memoirs, poetry, letters, stories by…

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February 2019

Book Club: Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

February 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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February's read is Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, a 304-page guidebook containing more than 150 color photos, seven maps, and a wealth of information about the people and places…

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March 2019

Book Club: A Parchment of Leaves

March 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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March's read is A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House. From the publisher, "It is the early 1900s in rural Kentucky, and young Saul Sullivan is heading up to Redbud Camp…

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April 2019

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

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
$25 – $35

Hikers on the 2nd segment of our Valley History Explorer Hiking Series will explore an old Cherokee pathway that hugs the banks of the Catawba River and ends at the base of…

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Book Club: The Last Castle

April 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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April's read is The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home by Denise Kiernan. From the publisher, "A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging…

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History Cafe: Beacon Blankets

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

This event is at capacity. Email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org to be added to the waitlist. You are also welcome to arrive the morning of and see if there are any no shows.…

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Appalachian Spring Tea – First Seating

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Blue Ridge Assembly – Dr. Weatherford Home Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States

On Saturday, April 27th the Museum will host our 2nd annual spring tea at "Far Horizons," the Weatherford home in Blue Ridge Assembly. The tea will include sweet, savory, and…

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Appalachian Spring Tea – Second Seating

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Blue Ridge Assembly – Dr. Weatherford Home Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States

On Saturday, April 27th the Museum will host our 2nd annual spring tea at "Far Horizons," the Weatherford home in Blue Ridge Assembly. The tea will include sweet, savory, and…

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May 2019

Beacon Blanket Exhibit Reception

May 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Filmmaker Rebecca Williams and Museum Director Anne Chesky Smith stand in front of a Beacon blanket. In honor of May Day, known around the world as International Workers' Day, we…

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Book Club: Flight Behavior

May 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

May's read is Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. From the publisher, "Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that…

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Historic Documentary Series: Artus Moser of Buckeye Cove

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Our May film is "Artus Moser of Buckeye Cove" (1985). Joan Moser, daughter of Mr. Moser, will speak briefly about her father's work.  From the Appalshop Website: "Artus Moser, 'a…

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History Cafe: Black Mountain College, A Child’s Perspective

May 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5

Join us on Monday, May 20 at 10:30am for a presentation by John Corkran, son of Black Mountain College professor David Corkran. John will share his experiences of growing up…

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June 2019

Old Toll Road 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

June 1 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
$50

Join us for this popular 4-wheel drive caravan up the historic Old Toll Road to Camp Alice on Mt. Mitchell. Once a major tourist attraction, the “Old Toll Road” made the “apex…

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Book Club: Bearwallow

June 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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June’s read is Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland by Jeremy B. Jones. From the publisher, "Across the Blue Ridge Mountains stretches a world both charming and complicated.…

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Historic Documentary Series: Quilting Women

June 20 @ 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 June film selection from Appalshop is "Quilting Women" (1976). In addition to the film, museum representatives will also display quilts from SVM's collections.  From Appalshop's website: "Quilting Women traces…

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History Cafe: Montreat’s WWII Detention Center

June 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5

Join us on Monday, June 24 for a presentation by Presbyterian Heritage Center Director Ron Vinson on the World War II detention of Axis diplomats, businessmen, and their families at…

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July 2019

Book Club: Rootabaga Stories

July 12 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

August 3 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 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 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Old Town Swannanoa & Beacon Blanket Tour

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
$20

Swannanoa was once home to a thriving downtown, known to locals as “The Station.” Bordered by the Beacon Blanket mill and the railroad tracks, Swannanoa’s downtown included cafes, grocery stores, a drug store, a bank, a movie theater, a five-and-dime, and other variety stores. Join…

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October 2019

Beacon Blanket Day

October 5 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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 @ 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 @ 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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