History Explorers for Kids: Ancient American Indian Artifacts - NC Blue Ridge

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History Explorers for Kids: Ancient American Indian Artifacts

October 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


This program will encourage children to be “history detectives” as they use their observation skills to infer the uses of ancient American Indian tools and contemporary crafts made by Cherokee artisans. Children will also learn how to play the butter bean game, a historic Cherokee counting game. The program will include a blowgun and atlatl demonstration. Designed for K-4th graders.

About the History Explorers Series: The museum’s History Explorers series helps children delve into a variety of topics on the ecology and history that make up the legacy of the Swannanoa Valley and the Appalachian mountain region. Taking place outside in a shaded, socially distanced environment, the activities challenge children to ask questions about historic artifacts, help them color their own quilt squares, and explore the life cycles of butterflies. Programs take place every other Saturday through October 17th.

COST: The cost for each program is $5 per person for members of the general public (taxes and fees apply). The programs are free for museum members. Museum members can email svmvolunteer@gmail.com for a promo code to use for free registration. Adults are expected to stay with their children for the duration of the activity.

LOCATION: Taking place in the shaded lot behind the Black Mountain United Methodist Church (101 Church Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711), next to the ca 1938 “Church House.” Public parking is available behind the church. The church faces West State Street in downtown Black Mountain. The lot and public parking can be accessed by turning on to Church Street from West State Street, then turning left into the parking lot.


This event is held out of doors, with a limit on attendance to allow for social distancing. The activity takes place in full shade and water will be available.
All children or groups of children must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
All museum staff will wear masks and all attendees are required to wear masks except for children under 11.
Staff will inform attendees of a cancellation by 5pm the day before the program. Registrants can transfer their payments to another upcoming children’s program or receive refunds.


October 17, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Black Mountain United Methodist Church
101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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