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February 2017

Art Exhibit by Joe Kelley & Mary Kate Claytor

February 3 @ 8:00 am - February 28 @ 5:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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From the collection "Buzzard Rex" by Joe Kelley Joe Kelley's paintings on wood focus on a relationship of two creatures - sometimes intense, sometimes in harmony, but always with visual humor in mind. The subjects are carrion birds native to this region. Mary Kate Claytor explores the cultural and physical diversity among a contemporary American Indian family of Monacan and Cherokee descent. The exhibit features eight pencil-on-paper portrait sketches. "The portraits of these individuals encourage a greater understanding of the past, present, and future of Native groups by focusing on the unique faces of contemporary American Indians and the importance of eliminating associated stereotypes. Each face evokes a different life experience. Some portraits suggest a sense of pride, while others are more solemn. Each drawing highlights the significance of the individual represented, while the body of work makes a powerful statement about the evolving story of American Indian people." - Mary Kate Claytor This exhibit will be on display until the end of February.

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Soul Food Sampling

February 11 @ 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 to celebrate Black History Month with a Soul Food Sampling at the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall Food is important to every culture; however, the role, ingredients, and traditions that define procuring, preparing, and consuming food differ as cultures develop over time and places. The Soul Food Sampling will include a brief on the history and traditions of soul food, the recollections of residents of the former New Town neighborhood where the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall is located, and samplings of traditional soul foods. Enjoy great food as we explore the origins of this cuisine that developed through the imposed privations of enslaved people as they persevered and prospered by creating “food families.” The remarkable cooks who devised the cuisine not only put food on the table but also made it taste good! Today, “soul food” describes certain tastes and ingredients as well as the traditions of survival, community cohesion, and caring family relationships. Everyone will enjoy typical soul food in an atmosphere of lively conversation, informative discussions, and excellent examples of this truly American cuisine. Seatings are offered at: 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00. Each seating will be limited to 18 people. Tickets are $20.00 per person and are available at the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center; or by phone at 540-558-0746. The Soul Food Sampling is presented by the Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation and the Odd Fellows Committee and sponsored by the Virginia Tech Foundation, the merchants of the North End Center, Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Champs, and Blue Ridge Catering & Wikiteria.

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Historic Lecture: Loving v. Virginia

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall,
203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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In 1958, two newlyweds were hauled out of their bedroom in the middle of the night and taken to the old jail in Caroline County, Virginia. Their crime? Richard Loving was white, Mildred Jeter was not – and a marriage defined as interracial was against the law in Virginia. Their story and the resulting landmark Supreme Court Case (Loving v. Virginia, 1967) is the subject of the recently released film Loving. Peter Wallenstein, Professor of History at Virginia Tech who was consulted by the film makers, recounts the story in his recent book “Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry.” During his lecture at the St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall, Wallenstein will highlight the 9-year saga of the Lovings and their fight for the freedom to marry, and will discuss the broader implications of the landmark case which helped bring a close to the Jim Crow era of segregation. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. This program is free, however space is extremely limited so please RSVP by calling 540-558-0746 or by emailing info@blacksburghistory.org.

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March 2017

“Wind Chimes: Elements and Seasons” Art Exhibition

March 11 @ 10:00 am - May 12 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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These beautifully quilted "chimes" were created by Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends, a collective of ten fiber artists who challenge themselves to explore new ideas, techniques, and materials in their art. Each artist created a "chime" representing the four elements: fire, water, air, and earth. Within the parameters set by the group, the eight pieces reflect each artist’s unique style and individuality. Techniques range from traditional quilting designs to painting on silk to fused fibers that have been stitched and then melted. “We are always looking to challenge ourselves to create art and explore new ideas and techniques, and to inspire and nurture creativity. By sharing our work in private and public venues, we express our passion for the textile medium.”  

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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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