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Safety in the Outdoors

Safety in the Outdoors

This workshop will introduce a risk assessment and safety management model. Then that model will be applied as we investigate the most common dangers and hazards in the backcountry and explore steps to mitigate those risks. Topics will include: encounters with wildlife (snakes, bears, insects, etc.), lightning and weather related hazards, toxic plants, water crossings, sketchy humans, hazards in camp, sound decision-making, and more. Class sizes are intentionally small to offer participants guided hands-on practice. Visit our website to... Read More
Outdoor “Thrival” Skills

Outdoor “Thrival” Skills

“Survival” skills have captured the imagination of many armchair adventurers, but do you know the actual skills needed not just to survive but to THRIVE in the outdoors? In this half day hands-on workshop we will focus on what you REALLY need to know. Topics will include the 10 Essentials, creating a shelter, finding and purifying water, fire building, signaling, navigating, and more. Don’t become a search and rescue statistic. Join us and become more responsible and self-sufficient in the outdoors. Class sizes are intentionally small to offer participants guided hands-on practice. Visit our website to... Read More
PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Milkyway Trailblazers

PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Milkyway Trailblazers

PRESENTED BY PARI AND CLEMSON UNIVERSITY MISSION: GALACTIC CARTOGRAPHY – MAP THE MILKY WAY AND PLOT A PATH Milky Way Trailblazers is a two week research experience for high school aged campers. Campers will learn to use a radio telescope to find the composition of a region of the Milky Way and measure the speed it is rotating and moving. They will combine the observations and conclusions made by their team with other teams to form a larger understanding of the galaxy we call home. Using a radio telescope to measure regions of space doesn’t create pictures like we see with an optical telescope. The methods to turn the data collected into a map that can guide our way require creativity and hard work. Will the results look the same, or different, than what we see through an optical telescope? Radio isn’t just used for observing space either. Communicating with satellites is a big role that large dishes like the ones at PARI play in human space exploration. Campers will investigate and report on the methods, both historical and contemporary, that are used to accomplish this, and the people who figured out how to do... Read More
“Through Their Eyes” Film Encore

“Through Their Eyes” Film Encore

The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas invites you to join us at Transylvania County Library’s Rogow Room on December 2 at 2:00 P.M. for a free encore showing of “Through Their Eyes.” A series of six brief films tell the stories of America’s conflicts since WWI through the eyes of service members, many of them local. October’s premiere brought a standing-room-only crowd, with many requests for another show; so it’s back by popular demand. The film gives a brief history of America at war from WWI through the Global War on Terror, using photos, music, videos, and professional narrative. Museum artifacts support the stories, describing the personal sacrifices of our veterans and paying tribute to combatants and their families. With the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day on December 7, this film is a valuable history lesson and an opportunity to appreciate the sacrifice of those at war and on the home front during WWII. “Through Their Eyes” is a professionally-produced documentary. The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas is grateful to the following organizations for making it possible: North Carolina Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lake Toxaway Charities, Pisgah Forest Rotary, and Transylvania County. Admission is free to this 45-minute showing of “Through Their Eyes” in Transylvania County Library’s Rogow Room (212 South Gaston Street in Brevard) on December 2 at 2:00... Read More
Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atom Bomb

Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atom Bomb

James M. Scott to speak on His New Book, Black Snow, on Nov. 2 in Brevard James M. Scott, the author of the recently released Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb, will speak on Nov. 2 at the Transylvania County Library, 212 South Gaston St., Brevard. Scott’s talk will be at 2 p.m. in the library’s Rogow Room, is free to attend, and will include a question-and-answer period. Drawing on first-person interviews with American pilots and bombardiers and Japanese survivors, as well as air force archives and oral histories, Scott has produced a gripping narrative account of the devastating firebombing campaign. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for his previous book, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor, Scott spoke previously in Brevard in the spring as part of the Veterans Museum’s well-attended speaker series. Scott has emerged as a premier historian of World War II in the Pacific theater. In his new book, he described the development of the long-range Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, the capture of the Marianas Islands for use as airfields, and the momentous change in strategy from high-altitude “precision” bombing to low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing. Nigel Hamilton, author of the FDR at War trilogy, said of Black Snow, “Scott’s prodigious research…as well as his mastery of the telling detail, will make this a classic history of war: a tale of fantastic military hubris and its ultimate catastrophic cost to a people who had... Read More
Brevard College Alum Toni Kiser discusses her book: LOYAL FORCES

Brevard College Alum Toni Kiser discusses her book: LOYAL FORCES

October 20 Program – Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II By Greg Ehr for the Hendersonville Times-News The Brevard College History Program and the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas are pleased to host Brevard College alumna Toni McCourt Kiser for a discussion of her book, Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II on October 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Ingram Auditorium on the Brevard College campus. https://theveteransmuseum.org/loyal-forces-the-american-animals-of-world-war-ii/ Kiser works for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and was a history major at the college. “Toni had a passion for history that made her an excellent student,” says Dr. Margaret L. Brown, Coordinator of the History Program. “She wrote an outstanding senior project on the iconography of Catherine of Sienna.” Brown also recalls that she served as an organized and effective president of Pastimes, the History Club. After Brevard College, Kiser earned a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies in Washington D.C. She served as an intern one summer at the Biltmore Estate, working with their rare book collection, cataloging and reporting on the condition of rare 19th century works. She also worked for the Freemasons at their headquarters and official archives in Washington D.C. Working at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans has turned into a dream job for Kiser. “At first I really wanted to work at a historic house like the Biltmore or Allison Deaver. When the U.S. Navy stationed my husband in New Orleans, I applied for museum jobs... Read More
October 25 Premiere: “Through Their Eyes: The History of America at War from 1917 through the Global War on Terror.” Series of Short Films

October 25 Premiere: “Through Their Eyes: The History of America at War from 1917 through the Global War on Terror.” Series of Short Films

The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas invites local residents and visitors to a unique event in downtown Brevard on Tuesday evening, October 25. The museum’s newest addition, a series of six short films entitled “Through Their Eyes,” will premiere at the Co-Ed Cinema, located at 79 W. Main Street. Admission is free. “A year ago, we conceived a plan to enhance our visitors’ experience using a 5-to-7 minute video in each gallery from WWI through the War on Terror which tells the story of that conflict through the eyes of those who fought and sometimes died there,” said the project’s director, Michel Robertson. Each video offers a synopsis of the conflict and its effects on Americans through narration, music, photos, video clips, and museum artifacts. “With the support of grants from NC Humanities and local partners (Lake Toxaway Charities, Pisgah Forest Rotary, and Transylvania County), the filming talents of Real Digital Productions, and a hardworking project team, our dream has become a reality,” said Robertson. The six videos comprising “Through Their Eyes” will premiere in a 40-minute feature shown twice at Brevard’s Co-Ed Cinema at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. “But that’s not all,” explained Robertson. “The museum will host a block party at Clemson Plaza next door to the theater from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This time frame enables movie-goers to join the fun after 5:00 or before the 7:00 show.” The party-on-the-plaza will feature cookies and hot beverages, music from WWI through the current day by “The... Read More

Appalachian Folk Festival

This time, the event is on, rain or shine! Enjoy a tour of the 1815 Allison Deaver House, the oldest frame house west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as craft booths, artisans at work, mountain music, presenters, and children’s activities.  Featuring the Junior Appalachian Musicians Ensemble Ravensbrook Road, Skyward Blue, Lynn Goldsmith, and the Jeter Mountain Band. Bring the family, a blanket, or chairs, and join us for the day. ... Read More

Women in Appalachia: Spotlight Selena Robinson

Local historian Yvonne McCall Dickson moderates this living documentary produced and directed by Tammy Hopkins in association with the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association in 2000. Each segment spotlights a woman of Appalachia, with background information provided before the showing and a time of discussion following. This program is sponsored by NC Humanities, the state affiliation of the National Endowment for the... Read More

Women in Appalachia: Spotlight Selena Robinson

Local historian Yvonne McCall Dickson moderates this living documentary produced and directed by Tammy Hopkins in association with the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association in 2000. Each segment spotlights a woman of Appalachia, with background information provided before the showing and a time of discussion following. This program is sponsored by NC Humanities, the state affiliation of the National Endowment for the... Read More