Scholars & Scones
Spend a morning sipping coffee, eating locally-baked goodies and learning about the latest research, writing, and creativity taking place in our region. Suggested donation $5. The program is hosted once a month, on a Thursday, at 11 am.
Family, Food, and Place: The Winebarger Mill and Agricultural History in Watauga County, NC
Mar 30, 11:00am
Cody Miller will explore the agricultural history of Watauga County, North Carolina, with particular emphasis on the Winebarger Mill.
The Steel Rails that Opened the High Country
April 27, 11:00am
Come hear the story of how a little train changed the destiny of the High Country forever while enjoying locally-baked goods and coffee from Boone-based Hatchet Coffee Company.
Post-Civil War Appalachia: Book-Signing with Terry Roberts, author of That Bright Land
May 11, 11:00am
Join North Carolina author Terry Roberts for a talk, book-reading, and book-signing. Roberts will discuss and read from his newest novel, That Bright Land, which won the 61st Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award in 2016.
Jewish Life in western North Carolina: Who Knew!
Jun 8, 11:00am
The talk will highlight tales of Jews who moved to Western North Carolina and their historical background.
Mill Mother’s Lament: Child Labor, Protest Music, and Mill Work in North Carolina
Sept 7, 11:00am
Join Dr. McDaniel as she discusses North Carolina labor songs and links them to issues of child labor and family in mill villages in North Carolina.
Previous Scholars & Scones:
- Dr. Sandra L. Ballard: Jack Tales & Beech Mountain Storytellers
- Exploring the Radical Tradition of African American Museums
- Connecting with Nature: Vitamin N
- Blue Ridge Conquistadors: The Story of the Berry Site and the Exploring Joara Foundation
- Black and White: The Story of Harriet Harshaw and "Squire" James Alfred Dula
- Abstract Evolvement: The Fiber Arts of Ineke Thomas
- Yarb Doctors and Witches in Appalachian Healing
- Traveling the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina
- Beekeeping: On the ground and in the cloud.
- Nazi-looted Art during World War II
- Two-Thousand Years of Mica Mining in Western North Carolina
- Birds of the High Country: Amazing Stories from a Remarkable Place
- The Rise and Fall of Modern Landscape Painting
- Coded Responses: A Talk with Artist Mark Nystrom
- A Talk with Ann Hawthorne, editor of The Picture Man: Photographs by Paul Buchanan
- River of Sorrow in the Land of the Sky: Flood in Asheville, 1916 with Anthony Sadler
- Early music at Camp Catawba: Tui St. George Tucker's Musical Influence with Dr. Reeves Shulstad
- Early Theaters in Blowing Rock with Dr. Gary Boye
- What is Appalachian Music? A Playlist Project with Dr. Sandra Ballard, Mark Freed, Trevor McKenzie, Fred J. Hay, and Dave Wood
- From Minerals to Mountains: The Geology of the High Country, presented by Crystal Wilson
- Sharing Jean Ritchie's Legacy and Love for Appalachian Music with Dr.Susan W. Mills
Special "thank you" to: