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Educational And Children's Programs - The mission of the Western North Carolina Historical Association Educational Programs is to help each student and visitor rediscover the land and people of western North Carolina through experiences that reveal the past and illuminate the future.
School Programming:
 School Programming Guide for 2014-2015 : Download HERE
Teachers, you can share this video with your class before you come


Traveling Trunks

 Trunk Rental is FREE!
(refundable $15 deposit)
Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley Mini-Trunk        
Emeline Piggott, Confederate Spy Mini-Trunk      
History of the American Flag Mini-Trunk                     
Kiffen Rockwell and NC Aviation Mini-Trunk 
The Civil War: Confederate Perspective Trunk
The Civil W
ar: Union Perspective Trunk 

Fibers to Fabric Trunk
The Roaring Twenties Trunk  
The Woodland Indians
History's Mysteries 

The Crafty Historian

Crafty Historian events are held on the third Saturday of most months from 10:30 to 12:30. Reservations are required by Thursday prior to the event so that we will have enough supplies for everyone.Each event includes an educational, art-focused activity that stimulates creativity and interest in traditional crafts. Children 9 and older are welcome to attend without a parent, and younger are welcome with an adult. There is a minimal charge for each program based on the type of craft for the day. These events are wonderful opportunities for both parents/grandparents and children to experience history in a fun and interactive way. 

Individual or Corporate Sponsors are appreciated! Sponsorships are $200 per event. 
May 16: Weaving - Sponsored by Becky Anderson
June 20: A Visit with Laura Ingalls Wilder - Sponsor needed
July 18: Art/Painting - Sponsor needed
August 15: Needlepoint - Sponsor needed
September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day! - Sponsor needed
November 21: Handmade Gift - Sponsor needed



Asheville, NC – Friday May 22, 4:00 pm – The Asheville History Center will be offering a photography workshop for boys and girls in the third, fourth and fifth grade. The workshop will be held at the Botanical Gardens on the UNCA campus. The fee for this workshop is $10 and it will last for about an hour. Reservations are required, as there is a limit of 10 participants. Call 828-253-9231 or email to get on the list by Thursday, May 21. Participants will need their own digital camera and should be able to operate it, such as turning the flash on and off, zooming and saving the image.
Tim Jones will be the facilitator for this workshop. Mr. Jones is a deacon at St. James Church and he works with the Rescue Mission in Hendersonville. He is an amateur photographer and loves to shoot nature scenes late in the afternoon. His photographs show an eye for the light and highlighting the subject. A few of his photographs are here.  One photo from each participant will be displayed in the Exhibition and visitors will be able to vote on their favorite. There will be monetary prizes for First, Second and Third Places. 


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