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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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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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