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October 2019

Music of the North Carolina Textile Mills

October 21 @ October 21 - October 21
100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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Photograph by Lewis Hine: Rhodes Mfg. Co., Lincolnton, N.C. National Child Labor Committee, November 1908.

2pm Photograph by Lewis Hine: Rhodes Mfg. Co., Lincolnton, N.C. National Child Labor Committee, November 1908. In this presentation, Saro Lynch-Thomason will present and discuss the music produced by textile mill workers in the heyday of North Carolina's textile industry. In the early decades of the 20th century, numerous New England fabric companies moved their plants to the American South, with North Carolina swiftly becoming host to dozens of new textile mills and mill towns. The Southern and Appalachian peoples…

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Stargazing at Grassland Mountain Observatory

October 28 @ October 28 - October 28
100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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Join us for a night stargazing trip to the Grassland Mountain Observatory right here in Madison County. We’ll be guided by astronomers from the Astronomy Club of Asheville, and we’ll use high-tech telescopes to see bright planets, the Milky Way, and stars, stars, stars. We will leave campus around 4:30 pm and will have a picnic dinner atop the mountain as the sun sets before the stargazing begins. The trip is free and transportation and food will be provided. Space…

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November 2019

She Changed the World: 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

November 06 @ November 06 - November 06
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina. Original documents pertaining to women’s suffrage from the State Archives of North Carolina will be on display for one day in Mars Hill University’s Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, located in Renfro Library. A team from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, including State Archivist Sarah Koonts, will accompany the documents. Interpretive panels and hands-on activities such as crafts and voter registration will complement the display of…

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Ghost Town Hike to Runnion

November 09 @ November 09 - November 09
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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credit: Evelyn Underwood Collection, Southern Appalachian Archives, Mars Hill University

Join the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies for a walk back 100 years into history to visit the ruins of the once-thriving logging mill town of Runnion, where 1500 people worked to mill, process and ship the timber wealth of Madison County. We will be accompanied by local historian Taylor Barnhill, as we walk past waterfalls and beautiful scenery along the French Broad and Laurel Rivers. We’ll provide snacks and a picnic lunch. The hike is about 6 miles round-trip…

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December 2019

Old Time Holiday Crafts

December 05 @ December 05 - December 05
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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Do you need a break from studying, working, or grading? Drop by the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies (located inside Renfro Library) for some cider, sugar cookies, and other goodies. We’ll be making some old-timey holiday crafts to decorate our tree and we’d love for you to join us and make a craft either for our tree or to take home! Admission is free and the event is open to everyone on the Mars Hill Campus.

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