While over 1,000 people participate in our hiking programs each year, for many, the primary source of information we offer is our collection and exhibits. Unfortunately, at present, not all visitors can access the full Museum as the second floor in our historic building is only accessible by stairs.
To remedy this shortcoming, we plan to install a lift between the first and second floors. The design is complete, and plans for the lift can be found below. Through individual leadership gifts and grants, we have raised 65% of the needed amount. With your help we can reach our full goal in time to begin construction in November and have the lift in place when we reopen in April 2020! Thank you for considering giving your neighbors “a lift.”
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Friday, July 12 @ 11:30am - 12:30pm 
Book Club: Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg
July’s read is Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories. Published in 1922, Rootabaga Stories is a children’s book of interrelated short stories. The stories were born of Sandburg’s desire for “American fairy tales” to match American childhood. He felt that the European stories involving royalty and knights were inappropriate, and so set his stories in a fictionalized American Midwest called “the Rootabaga country” filled with farms, trains, and corn fairies. 

Meet: Black Mountain Public Library
Free and open to the public
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Wednesday, July 17 @ 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Chamber "After Hours" - Museum Edition

We'll be open late for members and volunteers from the Black Mountain – Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce to see our 2019 exhibits in style. We’ll be serving ice cream donated by The Hop as well as a variety of snacks representing the many programs the Museum does every year including our Appalachian Spring Tea, Historic Haunted House Tour, Hike Series, and History Cafe. And wine!

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Thursday, July 18 @ 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Historic Documentary Series: Peace Stories

July's film selection, produced by Appalshop Films, is “Peace Stories” (1991). In addition to the film, Vietnam veteran David Rozzell will speak briefly about his experience with a veteran's creative writing program. From Appalshop’s website:“In Peace Stories, three men from the South recount their war experiences [in WWI, WWII, and Vietnam] and discuss it’s effects on their opinions of war. Peace Stories puts the study of war into a human context as it graphically illustrates the impact of war on the ordinary people who carry out the decisions of presidents and generals.”  

Free and open to the public. We have limited seating. Please RSVP below. 

Monday, July 22 @ 10:30am
History Cafe: Sarah Gudger's Journey to Freedom

Sarah Gudger’s oral history from the 1930s Federal Writer’s Project Slave Narratives is the only written, personal eye witness account of a person who was enslaved in Buncombe County. Katherine Cutshall, a library associate at the North Carolina Room at Pack Library in downtown Asheville, will discuss the process of uncovering Sarah Gudger’s biography, a story trapped in a multitude of primary sources from census rolls to county budget records, and reflect upon how deciphering Gudger’s life history is indicative of the struggle to reveal African-American stories.

Seating is limited. Please reserve your spot below.

Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3
Shop the Museum Rummage Sale

Support the Museum by shopping our Rummage Sale fundraiser! 

Friday, August 2 (11:00am - 4:00pm)
Saturday, August 3 (8:00am - noon)

Location: Large red and white tent at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70 in Black Mountain

There's still time to donate items! Please contact Yolanda Smith at (828) 669-1679 or 
July Hikes
Saturday, June 13: VHE Hike #5 - Ridgecrest 
Saturday, July 20: Rim Hike #7 - Patton's Table

These hikes are part of a series that is currently at capacity. If we have cancellations, hikers can register for individual hikes. Please contact the Museum to be added to the waitlist for individuals hikes.
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