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.
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.
Daniel Boone in the High Country
Jul 6, 11:00am
This program will address one of the area's most important questions, "What does Daniel have to do with Boone?"
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:
- Family, Food, and Place: The Winebarger Mill and Agricultural History in Watauga County, NC
- 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: