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April 2018

Meet the Artist Reception: Christy Mackie

April 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Please join us for a "Meet the Artist" reception with local artist Christy Mackie, as we open her new exhibit "Explorations." The reception is part of the April 6 Art Walk sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.  

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“The History of Montgomery County Coal Mining” by Jim Glanville

April 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Merrimac Mines. Courtesy of Historical Photograph Collections, Special Collections, University Libraries, Virginia Tech. Independent scholar Jim Glanville will share his research on coal mining in Montgomery County, which goes back as far as the late 1700's when coal was mined on a much smaller scale for blacksmith operations. Coal production in the county increased following the creation of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, eventually leading to the development of mining communities including Coal Bank Hollow, Merrimac, McCoy and Wake Forest. This is also a great opportunity to view our exhibit "A Way of Life: History of Coal Mining in Blacksburg" which will be on display until May 5.

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June 2018

Artist’s Reception: Matt Gentry

June 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 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 host an artist's reception to highlight their new exhibit "The Green Tunnel: Works by Matt Gentry." Appalachian Trail Hikers commonly call Virginia "The Green Tunnel." Virginia has more of the famous footpath than any other state with 550 miles of trail out of the 2,185 miles and 14 states that the Appalachian Trail runs through. This exhibit explores Virginia’s Green Tunnel as it meanders through the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Matt “Sharpie” Gentry is a Blacksburg citizen, artist, and photographer for the Roanoke Times. Gentry completed a three decades long section hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and continues his involvement with the trail by volunteering as a trail maintainer. The exhibit is a companion to another exhibit, "Blacksburg's Hiking Culture," which explores what hiking does for our community, what hiking opportunities are available in and near Blacksburg, and what goes into making these trails safe and available for people. Matt Gentry's work will be on display until July 28; the hiking exhibit will be on display until September 1. The artist's reception is part of the Art Walk sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

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New Town Festival: Gospel Sing

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall, 203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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Join us for our 4th 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 of Long Fin Grill 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 PM Adult Choir from Northside Presbyterian Church 12:40 PM The Approvals 1:20 PM   The Voices of Expression 2:00 PM  Penrods 2:40 PM  New Town Panel Discussion 4:00 PM  Indian Run Gospel Trio 4:40 PM  Heaven Bound 5:20 PM  Bob and Claudia Goldstein 5:50 PM  Alexis Johnson Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Foundation, Downtown Blacksburg Inc., and the North End Center.

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“Is History Dead?” – Presented by James “Bud” Robertson, Jr.

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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The Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation is pleased to welcome James “Bud” Robertson, Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Virginia Tech, for a special presentation on the subject of history. In a 2017 interview with the Roanoke Times, Professor Robertson remarked, “History is the best teacher one will ever have, we study the past — its warts and its beauty spots — to be better prepared for the challenges of the present and the future.” With that in mind, he’ll address the broader question “Is History Dead?” Given his long and distinguished career, Professor Robertson is one of the most qualified people to address the subject. During his 44 year career at Virginia Tech, he taught an estimated 20,000 or more students, and undoubtedly reached millions of people through books, essays, radio and television appearances, and public lectures. As the founding Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, he is widely considered one of the most significant and influential scholars of the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction Era. This lecture is free and open to the public, though space is limited so RSVP is required at info@blacksburghistory.org or by calling 540.558.0746.

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