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February 2018

Around Here: Coffee and Conversation at the Ramsey Center

February 26 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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A History of Spreading the Gospel through Music: From Slave Spirituals to Civil Rights In order to offer a wider historical context for the Ramsey Center's exhibit on Gospel music in Western North Carolina, this talk will focus on the rise of Gospel music as popular music among African-Americans over the course of the twentieth century. While Gospel developed from the Slave Spirituals of the antebellum and Reconstruction eras, the genre's name and sounds developed in 1920s Chicago, an era…

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March 2018

Appalachian Evenings: A Lecture Series at the Ramsey Center

March 8 @ 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 View from Home: Images of Appalachia and the “Rural-Urban Divide” In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, news media used Appalachia as a convenient illustration of the “angry, white, rural voter” that common wisdom said determined the election. Like generations of journalists before them, media-makers found exactly what they were looking for. But this time around, the image-making occurred within an increasingly complex media environment that can serve niche audiences based on factors like geography, ideology, shopping habits,…

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Around Here: Coffee and Conversation at the Ramsey Center

March 19 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Join us for coffee, cookies, and a presentation, guest speaker TBA. Admission free and open to all.

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Presidential Lecture: Jessica Bandel

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Broyhill Chapel, 265 Cascade St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Jessica Bandel of the N.C. Office of Archives and History, author of "North Carolina and the Great War, 1914-1918."

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April 2018

Appalachian Evenings: A Lecture Series at the Ramsey Center

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Between Slavery and the Want of Railroads: Reconstruction in Western North Carolina Tim Marema Appalachian regions like western North Carolina are too often left out of conversations about the American Civil War's aftermath. There are two reasons for that. First, Reconstruction was fundamentally about African Americans' freedom. Since African Americans were such a distinct minority of the population, people assume this wasn't a big deal here. Second, many people falsely assume that white mountaineers were devoted to the Union and…

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Around Here: Coffee and Conversation at the Ramsey Center

April 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Awareness: A Community Responsibility Join Heather Sharp as she discusses the impact of the opioid crisis on mountain communities. Sharp is a health educator with Madison County Health Department. She holds a master's degree in Sociology/Human Services and has worked in Western North Carolina in the field of behavioral health for 15 years. Since 2014, Heather has served as the Director of the Madison Substance Awareness Coalition (MSAC), focusing on education and prevention of substance use disorders, reducing the stigma of…

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Mary stays at home: Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, and Mary Gauthier, Stumbling into Grace

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Talk by Dr. Roxanne Harde.  It is part of a larger project she is working on called "Still Searching: Southern Singer-Songwriters, American Dreams.”​

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Reel Appalachia: Films at the Ramsey Center

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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First Language, speaker TBA Over fourteen thousand Cherokee remain in their ancestral homelands in the mountains of North Carolina, but few among them still speak their native language. Recognizing its imminent loss, the Eastern Band of Cherokee are now taking extraordinary steps in a fight to revitalize the Cherokee language. The Cherokee Indians were once the dominant power in what is now the Southeastern United States. This Emmy Award-winning film follows this Cherokee community as it comes to terms with a heritage that…

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