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Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies

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147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States

Second floor of Renfro Library.

September 2018

Appalachian Evenings: The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival

September 27 @ 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 Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival: A reading and talk with author Terry Roberts Jedidiah Robbins is a man on a crusade. From town to town, his Gospel train rides the rails of 1920s Appalachia, spreading the Good News with his daughter and a loyal group of roustabouts in tow. But Jedidiah’s traveling revival company has a secret: in addition to offering the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it also delivers spirits of another kind. Prohibition is in full swing,…

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October 2018

Appalachian Evenings: Bats

October 10 @ 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 Seen and Unseen Benefits of Bats to Humans with Gary McCracken Locally and globally bats provide enormous benefits to human welfare.  Many of these benefits are provided out of view, high in the night sky, and the values of the services that bats provide to humans are largely unappreciated.  At the same time, bats face new threats from humans that are putting bats and the benefits they provide at risk.  I will talk about the diversity of bats and…

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Reel Appalachia: Night of the Hunter

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Night of the Hunter, dir. Charles Laughton, 1955 In the spirit of October, the Ramsey Center is excited to bring you an appropriately scary thriller! Based on a 1953 Southern Gothic novel by Davis Grubb and with a screenplay co-written by James Agee (A Death in the Family), Night of the Hunter (dir. Charles Laughton, 1955) tells the story of the Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum). Rev. Powell is a religious fanatic and serial killer who is serving time in…

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November 2018

Shades Of Meaning: The Story Of Word On The Street/La Voz De Los Jovenes

November 5 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Sekou Coleman

Shades Of Meaning: The Story Of Word On The Street/La Voz De Los Jovenes As a program of Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community (AWITSC), Word on the Street/La Voz de los Jóvenes centers the leadership and creativity of black and brown youth, age 13-19, in the production of a bilingual online arts, culture, and information magazine for youth, with mentorship and training provided by staff and community partners. Now in its third year, the program works to train…

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Appalachian Evenings: Tobacco in Southern Appalachia

November 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Mixed Harvest: Tobacco in Southern Appalachia, 1870-1950 with Tom Lee The 2004 tobacco buyout program and the end of the auction marketing system transformed agriculture in Southern Appalachia. Once a standard feature of the Mountain South's rural landscape, the ubiquitous tobacco patches have largely vanished. Memories of tobacco linger among those who grew, harvested, and sold the golden weed, but over time the memories have grown sparser, disappearing like the barns, warehouses, and other physical reminders of a time when…

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Old Time Holiday Crafts

November 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Old Time Holiday Crafts

Do you need a break from studying, working, or grading? Drop by the Ramsey Center (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 all.

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December 2018

Holly and the Ivy: Holiday Community Sing with Suzannah Park

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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Holly and the Ivy

Let’s warm up the winter eve with sweet holiday harmonies! No experience necessary, just bring your voice. Participants will learn a variety of holiday songs, including some traditional to Southern Appalachia. Suzannah comes from a family of three generations of traditional singers, storytellers, and dancers and is happily making music touring about the country from concert halls to music parties back at home. Based in her native Asheville she was the cofounder in 2008 (along with Nathan Morrison) of the…

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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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