Friday, February 21, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Asheville History Center
The Asheville History Center at the Smith McDowell House relies a great deal on volunteers and docents to carry out our plans and programs and we would like to have you. To that end, we will offer a Volunteer/Docent Training Session. Potential volunteers or former volunteers who need a refresher are all welcome. If you are a former docent or volunteer, you will have the opportunity to reacquaint yourself with our historic house and period rooms. New volunteers will learn about our organization as well as learning about the people who have lived and worked here in this historic house over the past 174 years. You will become familiar with the current Douglas Ellington Exhibition as well as the new and upcoming exhibition entitled Hillbilly Land: Myth and Reality of Appalachian Culture. The Asheville History Center offers self-guided tours of the period rooms which are explained in materials located by each period room. Other volunteer jobs will be explained in detail at the training session.
Lunch is included so we would like to know if you can join us for this fun and lively training event. You may contact our volunteer coordinator, Elaine Blake by calling 828-253-9231 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
. She will also answer questions you may have before the training session.
Crafty Historian Event
"It's a Mystery"
Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Asheville History Center
Join Education Coordinator, Lisa Whitfield for a real "mystery party
". Participants will make a personalized notebook and become super-sleuths using clues to find mystery objects in the Smith McDowell House. Through study and clues revealed by the objects, the detectives will locate the objects located throughout the historical house. Bring your flashlight and a magnifying glass if you have one.
Reservations are required so that enough supplies are available for everyone. The suggested age for children is grade school age. Skills needed include reading, writing, following simple written directions and the use of a large needle. This program is not recommended for children younger than 7, but siblings may tag along with assistance from an adult. The fee for this mystery event is $5. Reservations should be made up to Thursday, March 13, 2014 by calling the Center at 828-253-9231 or my emailing email@example.com
HOLD THE DATE
MEMBERSHIP ANNUAL MEETING AND RECEPTION
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm
All members of the WNC Historical Association are invited to attend the annual meeting of the corporation. The meeting is an opportunity for association members to elect new board of trustees members. It is also an opportunity to meet and enjoy fellow members. New officers for the 2014-2015 fiscal year will be announced as well as plans for the coming year. Wine and hors d'oeuvre will be served. Invitations by email and snail mail will be sent to all members.
Douglas Ellington: Asheville's Boomtown Architect Exhibition
Open to the Public through March 17, 2014
Asheville's economic and building boom of the 1920s created a rarified atmosphere, unique within western North Carolina. Douglas Ellington is chiefly known as the architect who changed Asheville into an Art Deco showplace. The combination of available architectural commissions, Asheville's dream to be "modern" and the growing influences of art deco fed Ellington's creativity. With his ability to combine architectural styles, he produced a series of one of a kind buildings--buildings which changed the face of Asheville.
HILLBILLY LAND: MYTH AND REALITY OF APPALACHIAN CULTURE
EXHIBITION TO OPEN ON
SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014
The Hillbilly Land exhibition will explore the power, prevalence, and persistence of the hillbilly stereotype from the days of its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day. The exhibition 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 challenge and complicate these stereotypes.
The hillbilly stereotype is one that is alive and well in American popular culture as a quick survey of the cable dial reveals with such shows as "Moonshiners," "Appalachian Outlaws," "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," and countless others. Surprisingly, it is one often displayed among educated sorts here in Western North Carolina who would never dream of disparaging any minority or "out group,: but do not hesitate to characterize native Western North Carolinians as a group as ignorant, in-bred, hopelessly retrograde, violent, quilt-making, banjo-picking, snake-handling, moonshining/meth-making rednecks.
A full series of programs will accompany this exhibition including a panel discussion, films, lectures and cultural performances. More information about programming will follow.