Ancient American Indian Artifacts
This History Explorers program, sponsored by the Swannanoa Valley Museum, will encourage children to be “history detectives” as they use their observation skills to infer the uses of ancient American Indian tools and contemporary crafts made by Cherokee artisans. Children will also learn how to play the butter bean game, a historic Cherokee counting game. The program will even include a blowgun and atlatl demonstration!
Designed for children in K-4th grades, the program takes place on Saturday, October 17, from 10 – 11:00 a.m., in the shaded lot behind the Black Mountain United Methodist Church, at 101 Church Street. The program is free for museum members, and $5 per person (plus taxes and fees) for nonmembers. Museum members can email email@example.com for a promo code to use for free registration. Adults are expected to stay with their children for the duration of the activity.
Attendance will be limited to allow for social distancing, and all adults and children age 11 and over are required to wear masks.
To register, visit swannanoavalleymuseum.org/event.
The Swannanoa Valley Museum is offering several upcoming virtual events:
>> On Monday, August 24, at 10:30 a.m., the museum will present an online webinar exploring the fascinating history of the Swannanoa 4H camp, which served as a prisoner of war camp during WWII.
>> On Thursday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m., the museum invites you to join doctoral candidate Lisa R. Withers on Zoom as she discusses The Negro Travelers’ Green Book and the individuals who helped facilitate travel by African Americans in western North Carolina during the Jim Crow era.
>> And finally, on Monday, September 14, at 11:30 a.m., the museum will host a Zoom discussion of Hotter Than A Pepper Sprout, by Swannanoa’s own Billy Edd Wheeler, a renowned singer-songwriter and true Renaissance man. The book tells the story of Wheeler’s rise through the world of country music, and the fascinating characters he met along the way. Wheeler penned a number of hit songs, including “Jackson” (made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter with their Grammy-winning 1967 recording), “Coward of the County,” and “Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back.”
The book discussion is free; a small fee is charged for the webinars. For more info, and to register for any of these events, visit history.swannanoavalleymuseum.org and click on “Events.”
Over three Saturdays in March, the Swannanoa Valley Museum will present a Winter Workshop series focused on the craft and music traditions of Southern Appalachia. Drawing on winter traditions of crafting around the hearth, each two-to three-hour workshop will focus on creating tangible materials and developing skill sets that attendees can walk away with. End products from the classes will include hand-sewn quilt squares, jars of home cold remedies and recordings of traditional songs.
Workshop 1, March 7, 1 – 3:30 p.m.: Introduction to Appalachian Ballad Singing
Workshop 2, March 14, 1 – 3 p.m.: Introduction to Appalachian Folk Medicine
Workshop 3, March 21, 1 – 4 p.m.: Making Log Cabin Quilt Squares
The cost for each workshop is $30 for museum members; $35 for nonmembers. If you register for all three workshops, the cost is $80 for members and $95 for nonmembers. Register at www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org. The workshops will take place at the Black Mountain library, 101 N. Dougherty Street.