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April 2017

“Death and the American Civil War”

April 25 @ 10:00 am - April 30 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Presented by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, this exhibit features photographs of the grave stones of men and women, soldier and civilian, free and enslaved, who lived through the Civil War and were buried in Blacksburg. The project is the result of work completed by approximately 25 Virginia Tech students this spring. On Friday, April 28, the students will host a reception at the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The reception is free and open to the public. Additional activities are planned at other locations as part of the project, including a cemetery tour, lecture and film screening. For additional information, please visit www.civilwar.vt.edu.

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June 2017

New Town Festival: Gospel Sing

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall,
203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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Join us for our 3rd Annual Gospel Sing, part of our New Town Festival series, at the St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall. The afternoon will be filled with singing, dancing, and fellowship as local groups and soloists perform their favorite current and old-time gospel favorites. The event is free, though donations are encouraged. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Back by popular demand, Chef Richard Perry will offer a traditional fish fry. Former residents of New Town - an African American neighborhood in Blacksburg during the time of segregation - will participate in a panel discussion to share what life was like living in New Town. Tentative Schedule 12:00 Voices of Expression - First Baptist Church, Clay Street, Blacksburg 12:40 Indian Run Gospel Duet 1:20 The Berger Family 2:00 New Town Panel Discussion 2:40 The Approvals & New Beginnings - Greater Mt. Zion Church, Christiansburg 3:20 Heaven Bound - Fairview Community Church 4:00 Bob & Claudia Goldstein 4:40 Alexis Johnson Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Foundation, Downtown Blacksburg Inc., and the North End Center.

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“Book Nook” Unveiling

June 13 @ 10:00 am - June 17 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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The Alexander Black House & Cultural Center will unveil its new "Book Nook" in the Museum Shop, - a place where you can sit a spell and sample our new locally-blended teas while perusing our growing selection of books by local authors. Each day during the week leading up to Downtown Blacksburg's Summer Solstice Fest, we will feature a unique tea blend, created specifically for the Alexander Black House by The Devotea. Free samples will be available for your tasting delight. If you find you'd like to take some tea or a book home, they will be available for purchase. Please do come and sit awhile in "Blacksburg's Living Room" where you are always welcome!

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Antique Appraisal at the Alexander Black House

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Have you ever wanted to go on PBS's Antiques Roadshow? This is the next best thing! Bring your family heirlooms for an appraisal by local experts, and check out other treasures that have been hiding in the attics of other Blacksburg residents. Appraisers include Katie Heiskell from Heirloom Originals, Larry Linkous from Linkous Auctioneers, and Robert Miller from Miller Off Main Street Galleries. The cost is $5 per item (limit of 3 per person), or $5 entry if you would just like to observe. Space is limited, so sign up by June 13 and let us know what you are bringing, or if you're just coming to watch. Contact us at info@blacksburghistory.org or by calling 540.558.0746. Wine & beer cash bar will be available. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the second floor of the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center.

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Bike Day at the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center

June 16 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit "The Bicycle Culture of Blacksburg" by joining us for Bike Day! We have lots of fun & educational activities planned for the day, including: A Family-Friendly ride on Blacksburg's Huckleberry Trail - The nearly six-mile trail goes from Blacksburg to Christiansburg along the old path for the Huckleberry Train, providing a safe and scenic place for families to ride. We'll depart at 5:15 PM and travel a shorter distance, from the Alexander Black House to near Stadium Woods. Don't forget to bring water and a helmet! Bike Maintenance Workshop - Learn the basics of maintaining your ride! Presented by Scott Owens of The Bike Barn in Blacksburg and the New River Valley Bicycle Association. Program begins at 6:15 PM. Blacksburg Bike Party! - We will close out the day with a party-on-wheels led by Jennifer Million, who regularly leads bike parties on the streets of Blacksburg. We'll depart from the Alexander Black House at 8:30 PM. Bring your bike, helmet, and bike light, and we’ll provide the music!

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