Who were the remarkable people and communities who shaped the Swannanoa Valley? Who built the railroads, and how did tourism develop? When catastrophe has struck, how have communities banded together to continue on? 

The Swannanoa Valley History Café Series explores these questions with monthly evening lectures, taking place March thru November at the Education Room of the Black Mountain Public Library (105 N. Dougherty Street). These hour-long meet-ups engage the many stories that have shaped the Swannanoa Valley as a place — from the history of early Cherokee towns, to the development of drovers roads and railways, to the histories of local institutions like the Black Mountain Public Library. 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. 

When & Where: Cafés take place once a month, March thru November on Monday evenings from 6:00pm-7:15pm at the Education Room of the Black Mountain Public Library (105 N. Dougherty St.). If circumstances make meeting in person impossible, then most Cafés will be conducted online via zoom and registrants will receive a zoom link.

Cost: Swannanoa Valley History Cafés are FREE for museum members, but attendees must register for all events. Cafés cost $5.00 for the general public.

Covid Protocol: Attendees are required to wear masks over the mouth and nose, and chairs will be set out so that attendees can distance from each other.  

Event listings and registration info coming soon!