About History Cafe
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 Cafes taking place across the nation, our monthly History Cafe 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.
Coffee will be provided.
- WEBINAR: April 27th: Professor David Moore on Joara and the Juan Pardo Expedition
- May 18th: Trey Adcock on the Snowbird Day School
- June 22nd: Heather South on the Community of Oteen
- July 27th: Jesse Edgerton on Solo Percussive Dance Traditions of Southern Appalachia
- August 24th: Elodie Covert on the WWII POW Camp in Swannanoa
- September 28th: South Asheville Cemetery Association on Preserving the South Asheville Cemetery
- October 19th: Catherine Amos and Katherine Calhoun Cutshall: “You Have to Start a Thing”: Early Women in NC Governance