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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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Seats still available! Cataloochee Trip - Saturday, March 21, 2015

Join award-winning author Wayne Caldwell on Saturday, March 21 for a day trip to the Cataloochee Valley.
Caldwell has based his best-selling fiction series on life in the valley before the creation of the 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A number of historic buildings still stand as testament to daily life
during the valley's heyday in the early 20th century. 




The tour includes several historical exhibits and buildings as well as reflections and readings from Mr. Caldwell. 
Join us to re-imagine the homes, farms, and families of this region and to learn about their displacement. 

Transportation to and from the area and a box lunch are provided in your event registration.
The tour departs from Smith-McDowell House at 10 a.m. and returns at approximately 4 p.m.

Space is limited
Advance registration and payment is required.
Please contact Asheville History Center at smh@wnchistory.org to reserve your seat. 

This is a rain or shine event!
$60 general public; $55 Asheville History Center members

 
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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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