Coffee at the Museum
Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee at the Museum

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October’s featured speaker is Hannah Thompson, a second year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with senior status. Ms. Thompson was born and raised in Nebo, N.C.. Hannah’s major is Communication Studies with minors in Conflict Management and History. Her topic is the 1929 textile strike in Marion involving Marion Mfg. and Clinchfield Mfg..

During this strike 6 people were killed and others injured. The strike was so divisive, it was reported that no church would hold services for the slain workers. Instead, their coffins were placed on saw horses in a field near the mill.

Come listen to this important piece of local history and enjoy free refreshments.

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Coffee at the Museum
Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee at the Museum

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This weeks Coffee at the Museum will feature Andrew Kota, executive director of Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, a nationally accredited land trust based in Morganton. Kota joined the conservancy in 2005 as an AmeriCorps Project Conserve member. He has more than 17 years experience in natural resource protection and ecological research. Andrew combines his years of experience with the land trust, passion for conservation, and aptitude for leadership, to guide the organization and its professional staff in its mission to protect our region’s natural and cultural resources, public parks, trails and open spaces. He is a commissioner with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, which operates a national program to build and recognize strong land trusts, foster public confidence in land conservation and help ensure the long-term protection of land throughout the country. Kota holds degrees and certifications from Guilford College, Utah State University, Appalachian State University and Duke University, as well as a NC Real Estate licence.

Mr Kota will update us on recent acquisitions and future plans of the Conservancy.

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Coffee at the Museum
Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee at the Museum

This month’s speaker at Coffee at the Museum will be Fred Eli Epeley. He will be discussing his book Growing Up In Ottie’s World. His mother, Ottie, grew up in wretched circumstances and gave little or no emotional support to her eight children. She had no man helping her to support her and the children, so she learned to survive without any rules or laws but her own. She bootlegged whiskey and worked as a tenant farmer. She was so often tired from long nights and hard days she  left the children to fend for themselves. The harsh experiences of his early years made Mr. Epeley determined to rise above his circumstances. He recounts his experiences that formed who he became, in his book. He spent his adult years hiding and hurting from a past that he wished to forget. After his mother’s death, however, the author realized that he could not heal from the pain of his past by hiding from it. Ottie deserved redemption and he, as her son, needed self-forgiveness for his decades of resentment and hatred for her life-long neglect of him. He became an author to seek these goals. Please join us for this fascinating account as told by the one who lived it.

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19th Annual Field Day at the Berry Site
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

19th Annual Field Day at the Berry Site

Please join us for the 2019, EJF/Warren Wilson College Field Day at the Berry Site.  This is a family friendly, open house-styled event and is FREE to the public. Take this opportunity to see local archaeology in action!  Visit the Berry Site where archaeologist have uncovered a Native America village and the remains of a Spanish fort built over 450 years ago. Take a tour of the active excavations, see primitive skills demonstrations, try children’s activities and crafts, and enjoy a picnic lunch.

See all the cool things that have been found on site!

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Veteran's Day Exhibition
May
27
11:00 AM11:00

Veteran's Day Exhibition

The History Museum will feature an exhibit on Veteran’s Day, May 27, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Foothills Higher Learning Center, 2128 S. Sterling Street, Morganton, NC..

We will feature artifacts of the late Eric Cranford, a Morganton native who died on 9/11/2011 at the Pentagon.

Light refreshments will be served and a free lunch after the presentation

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