Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
This special event celebrates one of Southwest Virginia’s favorite writers, Adriana Trigiani, with an evening of food, drink, book sales and signings, and entertainment by Trigiani and her brother Michael’s band from Nashville playing Italian/bluegrass music.
Trigiani is the author of the popular Big Stone Gap trilogy and directed the film based on the first book in the series. Her new novel All the Stars in Heaven is an epic that takes place in the Golden Age of Hollywood.Find out more »
Monday, July 30, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Award-winning and Grammy-nominated music historian Ted Olson discusses the origins of Appalachian balladry on Monday, July 30, from 7:30pm-8:30pm in the auditorium at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Discover how Old World ballads—originating in the British Isles—were revived in Appalachia and how entirely new ballads emerged in the New World. Olson performs and interprets select recordings of ballads from the album he produced entitled Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition, featuring ballad performances by leading roots musicians from Appalachia and elsewhere in the English-speaking world.Find out more »
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 — 7:30 to 8:30pm
Why have the U.S. government and military had a strategic interest in the saltwells in the Saltville valley for more than 150 years? Starting with the War of 1812, then the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the Space Race through the 1960s, Haynes will explain the strategic importance of the saltwells using photographs from the Museum of the Middle Appalachians’ collection, as well as personal photos not previously seen by the general public. A brief description of the present-day salt company and natural gas storage facility will also be included.Find out more »
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 7:30 to 9:30PM
Dr. Blaine Schubert and Dr. Chris Widga of the Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology, East Tennessee State University
The Saltville valley in southwest Virginia is a well-known Ice Age locality that has been the subject of paleontological curiosity since the 18th century. For the last 15 years, the Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology at East Tennessee State University has been involved in a long-term project to better understand the Ice Animals that once roamed the valley. Join ETSU paleontologists as they explore the history of paleontological investigations in the valley and present updates on new finds.Find out more »
Thursday, August 2, 2018 — 7:30 to 8:30pm
Dr. Thomas Walker is not as well known in southwest Virginia history as Daniel Boone, but he's probably more significant. Walker explored parts of western Virginia, east Tennessee and eastern Kentucky, naming Cumberland Gap and effectively opening a gateway to the West for all Americans. Join Randy Smith on Thursday, August 2, from 7:30-8:30pm in the Auditorium at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center to learn about the life, the legacy, and the man for whom Walker Mountain is named.
Admission is free.Find out more »
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 7:30 to 8:30pm
Michael Shaffer will discuss his latest book project, “The Civil War Journals of Corporal Thomas W. Colley,” published by the University of Tennessee Press. Colley, a native of Washington County, served with the 1st Virginia Cavalry during the war, and was wounded several times during the conflict. The First Virginia participated in many of the major battles of the Civil War, including First and Second Manassas, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. After the war, he served as Deputy Sheriff and Commissioner of Revenue in Washington County. Shaffer has transcribed, edited, and annotated Colley’s wartime and postwar writings.Find out more »