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Article Published: Apr. 12, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 20, 2012
Civil War comes to BRAHM

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will celebrate the opening of its exhibit, “Secession to Sesquicentennial: Commemorating the Civil War in Western North Carolina,” on Thursday, April 19, with a reception and lecture by bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb.

The exhibit is being curated by students in an Appalachian State University’s public history graduate class, taught by Dr. Alima Bucciantini.

McCrumb’s lecture — the first in the BRAHM’s 2012 Third Thursday series — and the exhibit mark the sesquicentennial (or 150th) anniversary of the Civil War.

McCrumb’s novel, “Ghost Riders,” re-released in 2011 by John F. Blair publishers, is a tale of the Civil War that chronicles the experiences of North Carolina lawyer (and eventual governor) Zebulon Baird Vance and Avery County resident Melinda Blalock, who dressed as a man to fight with her husband for the Confederacy.

The author will be joined by historian Michael C. Hardy, who has published numerous books on the Civil War and its impact on the region.

The exhibit, which is being underwritten in part by the ASU College of Arts and Sciences, will be located in the Historic Objects Gallery on the upper floor of the museum. Using items borrowed from local and regional collectors, it addresses the history of commemoration of the Civil War and questions why such a contentious period in the nation’s history continues to be actively remembered.

The students hope the exhibit helps visitors better understand how and why North Carolinians, in particular, remember the war.

The lecture and reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the community meeting room. The event is free for BRAHM Members and $5 for the general public. McCrumb will host a book-signing after the lecture, and copies of “Ghost Riders” will be available for purchase. Students from the ASU class will also be on hand to answer questions, and refreshments will be served.

For more information on McCrumb’s lecture or the Third Thursday series, contact Virginia Falck at (828) 295-9099, extension 3006, or (

For more information on BRAHM, visit or call (828) 295-9099.

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