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Thursday July 24, 2014
7:00 pm
Moonshining in Appalachia
Dr. Dan Pierce with special guest, Ms. Troy Ball
Asheville Distilling Company
12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite T
Asheville, NC

We would enjoy having you join us for this very special program entitled "Moonshining in Appalachia."  The program will be presented by Dr. Dan Pierce, the author of a recent and very popular book entitled Corn from a Jar.  We will be welcomed and hosted by Ms. Troy Ball.  Troy is the founder of Asheville Distilling Company which produces Troy & Sons Platinum Small-Batch Moonshine and several other small-batch whiskeys.    [Dr. Dan Pierce]  

Dan Pierce is a Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of North Carolina - Asheville. Considered one of the regions most respected historians, he curated the current exhibitionHillbilly Land, now on view at the Asheville History Center - Smith McDowell House.  He is author of the books, Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay and Big Bill France and The Great Smokies:  From Natural Habitat to National Park.

In addition to the presentation, you will have the opportunity to tour the distillery and visit the tasting room.  Asheville Distilling Company is a corporate sponsor for the HillBilly exhibition for which we are most grateful.

The evening's presentation and tour is open to the public. Reservations are required so that we will have enough seating available.  The cost for this event is $10.00 per person.  The fee for members of the Western North Carolina Historical Association is $5.00 per person.  Reservations should be made by calling 828-253-9231 or by clicking here to email              Click here for Google Map 



This new 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. Hillbilly Land will be on view through December 31, 2014, during regular visitor hours at the Asheville History Center at the Smith McDowell House.
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.


Saturday, August 9, 2014 – 2:00 pm
The Social Function of Narrative in Appalachian Society Presented by Charlotte Ross
Sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council
A-B Tech Ferguson Auditorium

Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 4:00 – 6:00
Story Telling on the Front Porch Presented by Asheville Story Teller,Wallace Shealy
Smith McDowell House Front Porch

Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 2:00 pm
Myth and Misconception of Mountain Dance Presented by Phil Jamison from Warren Wilson
Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center on UNC-Asheville campus

Thursday, October 2, 2014 – 7:00 pm
Religion and the Hillbilly Stereotype Presented by Brian Cole
First Baptist Church Chapel

October 18, 2014 – 2:00 pm
Arts and Crafts of Appalachia
Presented by Becky Anderson Founding Director of Hand Made in America
Anna Fariello, Associate Professor, Western Carolina University

Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center on the UNC-Asheville campus.

November 13, 2014 – 7:00 pm
"Thunder Road" and the Economics of Moonshine Presented by Sheriff Van Duncan
The Carolina Theater

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