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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.


Victorian Christmas at SMH

Christmas at Smith-McDowell House begins on Wednesday, November 16 with the theme Clement Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas". Come and experience the poem and its author as you tour through our period rooms. A guide book is provided to focus on how the poem influenced and affected the American idea of Christmas celebrations and St. Nicholas, today more popularly known as Santa Claus. 

As a special treat for children of all ages is our popular 12 Days Of Christmas Scavenger Hunt. Search the House for objects that represent each of the 12 gifts! 

The exhibition will run November 16 through January 8, 2017.  SMH will be closed on November 24 & 25 and December 24 & 25, 31 and January 1. Otherwise, the house will be open regularly Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday Noon-4pm.

February 4, 2017
Presentation of the 61st Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award

WNCHA will present the 61st Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to Terry Roberts, PhD, for his novel, That Bright Land, at 4pm on February 4, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville (31 Woodfin St. directly across the street from Wolfe's Old Kentucky Home).

The event will be followed by a reception, which is generously being sponsored by the Renaissance Hotel.  Event tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for WNCHA members.  Tickets can be purchased below or by calling the Smith-McDowell House at (828) 253-9231.

In addition to the recognition of Dr. Roberts, for only the third time in 61 years, in order to more broadly support the writers of Western North Carolina the other four finalists for the award have also been invited to attend the event and read a brief excerpt from their work. The finalists were chosen from an original group of twenty-six nominations, and are as follows:
* Phil Jamison: Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics;
* Randy Johnson: Grandfather Mountain;
* Robert Morgan: Dark Energy;
* Ron Rash: Above the Waterfall.
See the press release about the Award here.
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