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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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Free

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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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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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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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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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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July 2020

Webinar: Appalachian Ballad Singing: Singers and Their Songs

July 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Ballads and unaccompanied traditional songs of Appalachia are timeless, soulful and evoke a deep sense of connection. For generations, people have kept these songs alive by teaching them to each…

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Book Club Webinar: Jane Hicks Gentry: A Singer Among Singers

July 20 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This book club discussion will take place as a webinar through Zoom. Please RSVP below to receive your Zoom link. From the publisher: "Winner of the North Carolina Society of…

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History Cafe Webinar: Solo Percussive Dance Traditions of Southern Appalachia

July 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Westen North Carolina and east Tennessee have rich social and performative dance traditions. From small square dances held at local homes to the modern incarnation of Warren Wilson's Old Farmers…

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August 2020

Book Club Webinar: Blackberries, Blackberries

August 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for an online discussion of award-winning author Crystal Wilkinson's book "Blackberries, Blackberries," a series of short stories told from the perspective of Affrilachians living in…

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

August 22 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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History Explorers: Butterflies and Pollination

September 5 @ 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 learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and use colored paper, tempera paint and other crafts to make representations of each stage of the…

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Book Club Webinar: Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout

September 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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 @ 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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