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January 2019

Appalachian Evenings: After Coal

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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  After Coal Screening and Book Talk with Tom Hansell Join us for an evening with Tom Hansell, director of After Coal (2016) and author of the brand new book After Coal: Stories of Survival in Appalachia and Wales (West Virginia University Press, 2018). The documentary will be screened and will be followed by a discussion and talk with Hansell. Film and Book Synopsis: What happens when fossil fuels run out? After Coal profiles inspiring individuals who are building a new…

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Around Here: G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter

January 28, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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A Dark Road is a Hard Road to Travel: The Lives and Careers of G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter were one of the most influential musical duos in the history of traditional music, popularizing songs like "Little Maggie," "Handsome Molly," "Train 45," and many others. Although their lives were both cut tragically short, their enduring legacy continues to resonate today. Their lives and music provide a fascinating insight into life in the Appalachian Mountains at…

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February 2019

Around Here: Heirloom Tomatoes

February 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Growing and Eating Heirloom Tomatoes We all love tomatoes! Explore the growing and culture of heirloom tomatoes and the incredible diversity of varieties available to the home gardener – with a special emphasis on tomatoes in the southern Appalachians. This talk will be just in time for you to start your own heirloom seeds! Chris Smith of Sow True Seed comes from a green thumbed British family but has lived in the Southeast since 2012. He is a garden writer…

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Appalachian Evenings: Stories of the Snowbird Day School

February 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Stories of the Snowbird Day School

ᏚᏗᏱ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᎸᏅᎢ (Stories of the Snowbird Day School) The Snowbird Day School evolved from Quaker-led initiatives in the late 19th century to educate young Cherokee Indians living in Tuti yi, a Native community in Western North Carolina. By the early 20th century, the school was administered by the federal government via the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and as with most federally-run schools for Native students, it sought to assimilate Indian youth into white, Anglophone culture. Over the course of…

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April 2019

Appalachian Evenings: Cherokee Arts and Crafts

April 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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The Evolution of Cherokee Arts and Crafts Tonya E. Carroll will talk about the evolution of Cherokee arts and crafts and the history of Qualla arts and crafts in conjunction with the Ramsey Center’s display of Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual: Tradition & Innovation (on loan from Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center). Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc., was founded in Cherokee, NC, in 1946, and is the oldest Native American artists’ cooperative in the United States. The legendary…

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Shiloh: A Historic African American Community in Asheville

April 15, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Shiloh

Shiloh: A Historic African American Community in Asheville Around Here: Anita White-Carter and Bobbette Kilgore Mays The Shiloh Community, originally established circa 1865-1870, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited African American communities in the Asheville Area.  This talk will explore the community’s origins on a small parcel of land in the area of present day Biltmore Estate and its relocation in 1889 to the current location in South Asheville. The talk will also focus on Shiloh’s relationship to the…

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