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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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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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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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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 – Second Seating

April 27, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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

Book Club: Bearwallow

June 14, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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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