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Thank you for your interest in our organization's special events and programming.
Please mark your calendar to attend one or more of the following upcoming events. 

*If you are interested in children's programming and events please visit our education page.

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Civil War Lecture Series with Dr. Gordon McKinney

Beginning in April, Gordon McKinney will lead a 3-part lecture series that explores the aftermath of the Civil War in the NC mountains. Each of the following lectures will be held on the A-B Tech campus at Ferguson Auditorium (340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801), at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. Please help us spread the word!

April 4:  "Been in the Storm So Long": Race and Social Readjustment After the Civil War
April 25:  "Vote as You Shot": Reestablishing the Political System in Western North Carolina
May 9: "The Loss of Local Control": Economic Developments in Western North Carolina After 1865

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ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING


WEDS. APRIL 29th 5:30 - 7:30 p.m

Current and prospective members are invited. Please bring a friend who might consider our work and mission.
New members (only) can join at a discounted rate during this event. 

We'll also raffle a few special items and enjoy some light refreshments. Meet our new director and learn more about plans for the upcoming year. Your support and participation are critical to our continued success. 

There is no cost to attend this event. We look forward to seeing you there. 

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EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 2015


 

Due to the popularity of this exhibition, it will remain on view through May of 2015. 

This exhibition presented by the Asheville History Center will explore the power, prevalence and persistence of the Appalachian hillbilly stereotype from the late 19th century to the present day.  The exhibit will take a unique approach by focusing on photography featuring the people of the region, some of them stereotypical images, combined with poetry and short prose pieces that question and challenge these stereotypes.  The exhibition will be divided into five sections and will explore issues related to:  Religion, Music, Arts and Crafts, Moonshine and Ignorance/Backwardness.   A number of three-dimensional objects and artifacts reflecting mountain traditions will be shown in the exhibit as well.

Dr. Dan Pierce, curator of the exhibition said, “I have a love/hate relationship with the Hillbilly stereotype; hating the way that people look at me when they hear my accent, but loving playing the hick, the rube. Using the rich photography and literature of the region, the Hillbilly Land exhibition explores the complex nature of this very old and remarkably resilient image.”
 
Many of the early photographers in Appalachia came from outside the region and reflect the fascination with the region and the people who live in its coves and hollows.  Early photographers included in the exhibition are Bayard Wootten and Doris Ulmann. Contemporary photographers include Rob Amberg, Tim Barnwell, Don Dudenbostel, Benjamin Porter and Ralph Burns. The writers featured all have deep roots in Western North Carolina.  They include the late Jim Wayne Miller, Fred Chappell, Robert Morgan, Michael McFee, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Ron Rash, Wiley Cash, Wayne Caldwell and Jane Hicks.
 
Hillbilly Land was curated by Dr. Dan Pierce, Historian and History Department Chair at UNC-Asheville.  Additional research for the exhibition has been contributed by Jim Stokely, son of North Carolina writer, Wilma Dykeman; Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections and University Archives at UNC Asheville and Erica Locklear, Associate Professor of Literature and Language at UNC Asheville.  Thomas Rash, Dr. Gordon McKinney and Dr. Richard Graham have assisted with the exhibition planning and programming.

 

 
 

 




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