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January 2018

Exhibit: “A Way of Life: The History of Coal Mining in Blacksburg”

January 16 @ 8:00 am - May 5 @ 5:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Anthracite, the purest form of coal, formed in pockets of the New River Valley millions of years ago. The rise in anthracite mining in the mid to late 1800's started the shift from surface operations run by farmers and blacksmiths to company-run operations that mined below the surface. By the 1880's, railroads and other transportation advancements brought more opportunities to send the New River Valley’s coal across the state. This exhibit will highlight the local mining history in and around Blacksburg, and will explore how it differed from large company-run operations such as the "coal camps" of West Virginia. Mining near Blacksburg primarily occurred on Price and Brush Mountains. Though some of the operations lasted for decades, little physical evidence remains. Learn about the mines, trains, and people that existed in these communities and what this lifestyle meant to local coal miners and their families.

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Quilt Collection by Paula Golden

January 16 @ 10:00 am - March 24 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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"Spring Chicken" by Patricia German Selected as “2001 Teacher of the Year” by The Professional Quilter Magazine, Paula Golden has been quilting since the early 1970's and teaching for over twenty years. Paula is past-president of the Virginia Quilt Museum's Board of Directors and co-author of the book, “Quilts of Virginia: Birth of America through the Eye of a Needle." Her passion for the stories behind the quilts is a leading theme in her work. While the history of stitching is important as a documentation of issues of concerns and art, it is also a means of expressing joy and humor. This collection is comprised of quilts created by Paula Golden as well as other artists that she has worked with over the years. It includes four chicken-themed pieces created by Patricia German, and sixteen quilted postcards that friends sent to Paula. The current collection will be on display until February 28; new pieces will be displayed from March 1 - 24. “Using fiber as a creative means to communicate is intrinsic to my very being. It links me to the continuum of men and women who have stitched their lives in fiber to provide warmth and nourishment for the body and soul.” - Paula Golden

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March 2018

Art to Mail: Make Your Own Quilted Postcards – with Paula Golden

March 22
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Join us for a fun & creative workshop where you will create a small "art" quilt suitable for mailing, framing, or hanging. It's a fast and fun activity. The possibilities are endless - it will be hard to stop at one! All supplies will be provided for this 1 and 1/2 hour workshop. You will learn how to design using pre-printed fabrics, how to use fusible adhesive, and what the US Postal Service regulations are if you'd like to mail these small treasures to a friend! The workshop will be lead by local artist & quilter Paula Golden.  Selected as “2001 Teacher of the Year” by The Professional Quilter Magazine, Paula has been quilting since the early 1970s and teaching for over twenty years, including the International Quilt Festival, Houston. Her quilts, patterns and articles have been published in various magazines and books. Paula is past-president of the Board of Directors, Virginia Quilt Museum and co-author of the book Quilts of Virginia: Birth of America through the Eye of a Needle. She trained as a medical technologist and completed her Master of Independent Study in print-making and surface design. Paula is certified in administering the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and incorporates the concept that understanding oneself increases the creative process. For more information, visit www.paulagolden.com The workshop will be offered twice on March 22, from 3:00-4:30 PM, and again 5:30 - 7:00 PM. The cost is $20 per person. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today to reserve your spot! "Art to Mail" Workshop Tickets: $20 per person CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE “Using fiber as a creative means to communicate is intrinsic to my very being. It links me to the continuum of men and women who have stitched their lives in fiber to provide warmth and nourishment for the body and soul.” Her passion for the stories behind the quilts is a leading theme in her work. While the history of stitching is important as a documentation of issues of concerns and art, it is also a means of expressing joy and humor." - Paula Golden

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December 2018

Once in a Lifetime Experience!

December 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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$500,000-Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience at the Alexander Black House! Start your stay with a champagne greeting with the Executive Director. Enjoy a private all-access behind-the-scenes tour hosted by our Director of History and an Alexander Black descendant including access to the full unfinished house. An elegant private dinner will be served on Alexander's personal China catered by your choice of local caterer complimented by live harp music. Conclude your evening with an overnight stay in Alexander's bedroom. Wake up to a continental breakfast catered on Alexander's personal China by Our Daily Bread followed by tickets to a local event for that day. In addition, you will receive naming rights to a wing of the Alexander Black House! Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime experience in Blacksburg's Living Room! Choose your stay dates from the dates below. 

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