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73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Key Appalachian studies publications now going onlinefrom press release, Jan. 27. 2016 Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.  Pamela Mitchem, the library’s coordinator of digital scholarship and…See More
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John Parris' home-grown prose

South of Sylva, back of yesterday: John Parris' inspiration             “For the life of me, I just can’t understand why folks stopped usin’ cradles,” John Parris’ 97-year-old maternal grandfather had told him 60 years ago.            The oil lamp, the buggy, and the spinning wheel—they all were replaced by things…See More
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James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels

James Sturm blazes cartoon path to a new worldby Rob Neufeld             Why is it that when an author combines pictures with words, the medium is considered juvenile, like comics?  Words create literature; images, art.  Why, when you marry them, is it like pairing a milk cow with a mop?            Nothing against…See More
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The Writer as Pilgrim

Two articles leapt at my consciousness this week, both about writing. And suddenly, I know how to go forward from here. The first, The Price I Pay to Write, by Laura Bogart and published online in Dame Magazine, reflects on the difficulties of…See More
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Tired of thrillers with no soul?

Why read a 1940 man-on-the-run classicby Rob Neufeld             After reading a classic novel, you might think, “Oh, look at this superior ancestor of today’s fiction.”              For instance, “The Power and the Glory,” Graham Greene’s 1940 thriller about political oppression in Mexico, exemplifies the…See More
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Art of Grace by Sarah Kaufman

Dance critic applies grace to every moveby Rob Neufeld             It’s nice to find just the right word for something, especially when it sums up a main idea in your way of thinking.            That was the case with Sarah Kaufman when she’d first felt moved, nine years ago, to write her new book, “The Art of Grace” (W.W.…See More
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Fire and Ice Roses has been interviewing gardening bloggers and gardening experts and were kind enough to include this short interview recently which was quite fun and very much appreciated! http://fireandiceroses.com/ask-an-expert-kathryn-hall/See More
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History in the making, January 2, 2016

History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016It was reported in today’s print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times that a new state law went into effect, requiring people who’ve filed for unemployment benefits to make at least 5 job contacts a week.  It had been 2.  How will that work?  Are there that many jobs for which a person is qualified?  Can you apply to the same job twice if it continues to be listed? Paul Bonesteel, noted Asheville filmmaker, revealed on Facebook that a…See More
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Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation Tarantino comes to townQuentin Tarantino’s New Year’s gore and gabfest, The Hateful Eight, is gutted by New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane, who says that Tarantino toys with rather than explores history, using it “for boyish fantasies of revenge, as if enormous crimes could be undone, after the event, by lone and wanton acts of humiliation.” …See More
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Railroad history in Western North Carolina: a close-up and bottom-line look

Railroads in WNC: the perils, the people, and the profitby Rob NeufeldWritten in conjunction with exhibit, "How The West Was Won," in Rural Heritage Museum, Mars Hill University PHOTO CAPTION: The entrance to the railroad show at the Rural Heritage Museum is commanded by a mock-up of Climax engine…See More
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Hosts of Christmas Past

Traditions shall not expire say hosts of Christmas pastby Rob Neufeld PHOTO CAPTION: Maria Parker Taylor Beale, courtesy Chase Ambler.            On Christmas Eve in 1928, Maria Taylor Beale, mistress of Arden House, instructed her family to bring her downstairs in her bathrobe for she would not…See More
Dec 24, 2015

As part of its Civil War 150th Exhibit, the Swannanoa Valley Museum will lead the Swannanoa Tunnel & Creek Hike on Saturday, December 1st.  The mostly downhill treck will route hikers through scenic Swannanoa, passing by the grave of a Civil War soldier and the ruins of an old homestead. On this hike, participants often see trains on nearby tracks and always capture great pictures of the eastern end of the Swannanoa Tunnel. You can view pictures, an elevation profile, and a GPS track of last year's hike HERE.  Hikers MUST RSPV for this event.  See below for details on registration.

DATE:   Saturday, December 1, 2012

TIME:   9:30 a.m.

WHERE:   Meet in the parking lot of Black Mountain Savings Bank

WHAT TO BRING:   Bagged lunch, drinks, snacks, ect.  Dress for vagaries of winter weather and wear sturdy hiking boots.

COST:   $20 for Museum members, $30 for non-members

DIFFICULTY RATING:   Moderate

Register by emailing info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org or by calling (828)669-9566.

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Comment by terrell garren on December 2, 2012 at 2:08pm

Swannanoa Valley Museum Hike may solve two Civil War mysteries?

For sometime it has been known that a Confederate Civil War soldier known only by the name "Carver," was killed just over the east side of Swannanoa Gap in early 1864. A 1914 newpaper article/letter by Dr. V. N. Seawell sheds astonishing new light on an old story.

A similar mystery has persisted for generations regardsing what happened to a Henderson County, NC Confederate hero by the name of John Carver. He was a member of J.E.B. Stuart's famous Confederate Cavalry. He was a soldier in Company G, 1st NC Cavalry. He was in many of the great battles of the war and suffered from many horrific wounds. He was sent home on detached service on November 30, 1863. His record indicates that he was killed while "under arrest" sometime after April 10, 1864.

I am convinced that the mysterious grave seen on the Civil War hike is the grave of Private John H. Carver of Henderson County, NC, Company G, 1st North Carolina Cavalry. An opinion is being sought from the NC Office of Archives & History. Any input on the topic is welcome.

Terrell Garren

 

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