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.
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.
Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia
Aug 10, 11:00am
Wayne Winkler, director of public radio station WETS-FM in Johnson City, TN, will discuss this mixed-ethnic population and share some of the latest research on their mysterious ancestry.
Black Mountain College Semester
Oct 12, 11:00am
Join Kelsey Wagner to learn about Black Mountain College, an experimental liberal arts school in Asheville, North Carolina, that was open from 1933-1957.
Blowing Rock: A Sense of Place
Thursday, Nov 9, 11:00am
Is Blowing Rock unique? Is it historic? Does the area convey a sense of place? Historian Trent Margrif will explore these and other topics in his presentation.
Joe Penland: Cecil and Maud in the Laurel Valley
Dec 7, 11:00am
Join ballad singer and storyteller Joe Penland as he discusses the journey of song collectors Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles, who collected ballads in western North Carolina in 1916.
Comics and the Red Scare: Walt Kelly and Harvey Kurtzman vs. McCarthyism
Jan 11 2018, 11:00am
Craig Fischer explores how two major American cartoonists lampooned the McCarthyism of 1950s politics.
Previous Scholars & Scones:
- Post-Civil War Appalachia: Book-Signing with Terry Roberts, author of That Bright Land
- The Steel Rails that Opened the High Country
- 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
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