November 2012
Issue No 10.

Time sure flies when you are having fun, and it is hard to believe that we are already up to November!  We had a wonderful time during the Museum's final Fourth Gallery Walk of the year.  Over 50 visitors had Potato Soup and Autumn punch on the lawn while entertained by the Road Apple Ramblers.  We would like to especially thank Wendy Hawkins and Tom Anderson for all their work on organizing the Gallery Walks this year.  We would also like to thank the musicians who have shared their time and talents with our guests.  


The current exhibit Roads, Rails and Trails will continue to be on display until November 17th.  The new Christmas Exhibit, "Rock around the Decade," will begin on December 1st.  The Museum will close for the season on December 15th.


Please share this newsletter with those who may be interested, and with those who may not even know we exist!  Word of Mouth is our best publicity, so hit that forward button for us, and spread the word!


Sincerely - Rebecca Suddeth, Executive Director
Shop for the Holidays at Heritage Gifts

Heritage Gifts is a main source of support for the Museum. Items featured in the gift shop are created in Transylvania County and selected because they represent an aspect of the heritage of the county. Toys, pottery, homemade soaps, aprons, quilts and crafts are just a few items in our gift shop.


One of the best sellers is books. The selection has expanded greatly for the holiday season. Some all time favorites include Land of Waterfalls by Jim Bob Tinsley.  This book is a treasure to anyone interested in Transylvania County.  It contains a collection of photos, historical facts, maps, anecdotes and folk tales about many of the county's waterfalls.  Another must have for history lovers is the Architecture Survey of Transylvania County which features photos, descriptions and the history of two hundred significant historic structures in Transylvania County.   Also available are two Transylvania County Obituary Books complied by Jan Plemmons.  The first book covers 1900-1929 and the second from 1930-1949.  These are must haves for anyone researching family history here in Transylvania County.


Some new additions include historic novels by Keith Parker and Leslie Borhaug, Sons of Mercy and Justice, and Katherine Scott Crawford's Keowee Valley.  Non-fiction additions are Cherokee Stories of the Past, Cherokee Voices, Footsteps of the Cherokee, Best Hikes in Pisgah National Forest and Ecusta and the Legacy of Harry H. Straus. 


Please consider doing some holiday shopping at Heritage Gifts this season.  You not only can find wonderful gifts for those on your list, but can support the Museum and our local artisans at the same time.

Consider the Museum in Year End Giving


As the weather grows colder, our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving Dinners, Holiday decorations and family gatherings.  It is also a good time to give thought to end of the year tax deductible donations to your favorite non-profit.  I am sure it is no surprise to hear that we have a non-profit to suggest go to the top of your list!


The Transylvania Heritage Museum is a 501 (c)3 organization.  The Museum provides a variety of programming both at the Museum and at other locations during the year.  We work hard to make the most of the income we receive each year and donations of any size can truly impact our efforts in a big way. The winter months are especially difficult as utility costs increase and our traffic decreases.  When you consider a donation as 2012 comes to a close, please consider making a donation to the Museum.  Together, we can continue to connect Community, History & Life!


Annual Gathering November 17th


The Transylvania Heritage Museum requests  presence at the Museum's Annual Gathering on November 17th, from 3-5 pm at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Brevard.  


We also encourage you to invite a friend to come along and learn more about the Museum.  A membership table will be available for those who would like to join or to renew their membership. The Museum will showcase some highlights from 2012 in a variety of interactive ways.  Refreshments will be served. Make plans to attend!

Can you guess? 

   mystery item     

This item was used about a hundred and fifty years ago when things got 'upclose and personal.' Can you guess what this artifact is?  Send an  email to give your answer!  


October's item was a logging tool called a  peavey.

In This Issue
Heritage Gifts
Year End Giving
Annual Gathering
Can you guess?
Calendar of Events

July 4th - November 17th Roads, Rails & Trails Exhibit


November 6

Luminary Luncheon begins at noon. Community Bank at Straus Park.  Lunch and program on the Cherokee


November 17th, 3-5 pm  Annual Gathering St. Philips Episcopal Church.


November 18-30th.

Museum closed for Thanksgiving.


December 1st.  10am

"Rock Around the Decade"  Christmas Exhibit opens.
December 15th.  Last day the Museum is open in 2012.