About the WNC History Café
Who were the remarkable people and communities who shaped the Swannanoa Valley and Western North Carolina (WNC)? What did slavery look like in WNC? Who built the railroads, and how did tourism develop? When catastrophe has struck, how have communities banded together to continue on?
This year, join the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center one Monday morning a month from April thru October, for online local history presentations by regional experts. Designed for adults and modeled after the popular Science Cafés taking place across the nation, our monthly WNC 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 the Swannanoa Valley and our WNC community as a place — from the history of towns like Riceville, the influences of institutions like Black Mountain College, the accomplishments of early women entrepreneurs, and the experiences of the lives of the enslaved. Each presentation ends with a Q&A discussion bringing our shared history into context with contemporary issues.
Learn more about our cafés and register below.
- Monday, August 23rd, 6:30pm-7:45pm 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)
Past 2021 Events
- Monday, April 26th, 10:30am-11:45am- Julia Wolfe: Remarkable Woman of the Swannanoa Valley (online)
- Monday, May 24th, 10:30am-11:45am- Digitizing WNC’s African-American History (online)
- Monday, June 28th, 10:30am-11:45am- A History of Riceville (online)