About History Café
Ever wonder how Asheville came to get its drinking water from Black Mountain? What slavery looked like in western North Carolina (Yes, there were enslaved people here.)? How wagons, stagecoaches, and trains made it up the steep grade from Old Fort into Ridgecrest? One Monday morning a month from April thru October, the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center hosts local history presentations by regional experts. Designed for adults and modeled after the popular Science Cafés taking place across the nation, our monthly History Café offers lectures and workshops led by local experts and researchers on regional history topics. These hour-long meet-ups engage the many stories that have shaped our southern Appalachian community as a place — from geological changes to native histories, musical innovations, pioneer experiences, and labor struggles — and will end with informal discussion bringing our shared history into context with contemporary issues.
Our History Café series will take place online in 2021. Learn more about our cafés and register below.
- Monday, April 26th, 10:30am-11:45am- Julia Wolfe: Remarkable Woman of the Swannanoa Valley (online)
- Monday, May 24th, 10:30am-11:45am- UNCA Student Presentations on WNC History (online)
- Monday, June 28th, 10:30am-11:45am- A History of Riceville (online)
- Monday, July 26th, 10:30am-11:45am 100 Years of the Black Mountain Fire House (online)
- Thursday, August 26th, 6:30pm-7:30pm: The Negro Motorist Green Book in Western North Carolina (online)
- Monday, September 27th, 10:30am-11:45am: Black Mountain College in the Community (online)
- Monday, October 25th, 10:30am-11:45am: The Lives of the Enslaved at the Vance Birthplace Historic Site (online)