Lifelong Learning is going on the road! We are starting “Adventures” — a new series of courses at sites around the state. Many Wake Forest alumni rarely if ever get to hear one of today’s stellar Wake Forest teacher/scholars. And we also know that many of our Lifelong Learners in the Triad area like to travel. We are offering an all-day Saturday format (9:30—4:30) which allows for those traveling to the site to make a weekend of it, or if the site is close enough to home, to just drive back.
An Asheville Adventure: Conserving Places of Worship and Documentary Screening
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Asheville North Carolina
Fee $175 or $160 discounted rate for WFU Affiliates
Nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is home to renowned tourist destinations, world-class educational institutions, and enchanting artists. Asheville is also a site for important preservation efforts for historic places of worship.
Our one day course explores multiple houses of worship, where we will learn about the intersections of art and historical preservation under the guidance of award winning filmmaker, Chris Zaluski, and author, Dr. Thomas Frank. Our day begins and ends at the First Baptist Church, designed by architect Douglas D. Ellington and completed in 1927, it is one of Asheville’s greatest architectural treasures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tom Frank, author of Historic Houses of Worship in Peril: Conserving Their Places in American Life, will lead a discussion about his research and current preservation work in the Asheville area. We will then screen the award-winning documentary Theirs is the Kingdom, which follows the creation of a contemporary fresco, located inside the Haywood Street Congregation sanctuary, that depicts homelessness, addiction and mental illness in the Asheville community followed by a discussion with filmmaker Chris Zaluski. In the afternoon, aboard our motor coach, Dr. Frank will guide a tour of multiple historical sites and places of worship, including a visit to the Haywood Street Congregation sanctuary to view the completed Fresco.
The One Day Course includes morning snack, lunch, bus transportation around the Asheville area, and a copy of the book, Historic Houses of Worship in Peril: Conserving Their Places in American Life.
Dr. Tom Frank, author of Historic Houses of Worship in Peril: Conserving Their Place in American Life
Chris Zaluski, director of the documentary Theirs is the Kingdom
Early North Carolina : Stories of Turmoil and Aspiration
Like all thirteen American colonies of England, North Carolina’s development was never straightforward or easy. From early confusion over boundaries and property lines, to the influx of a wide variety of racial and ethnic cultures, slavery, war, the struggle for settlement and civic stability, North Carolina’s history is a fascinating, complex, and often troubling story.
This daylong course will move quickly across many different chapters of this history. Beginning with how North Carolina was similar and distinctive compared to other colonies, the course will explore varied episodes of the state’s narrative. The upheaval of Revolution particularly for the peaceful Moravian settlers, the shock for soldiers from northern colonies coming to the state to fight in the Revolution and seeing slavery of Africans firsthand, and the determination of educated clergy to establish lasting institutions such as Wake Forest College, all are intriguing stories in themselves.
We will examine primary documents: letters of soldiers, detailed reports of the Moravians, and letters and diaries of the Wait and Merriam families in contemplating a college in a slave-holding state. With ample time for questions, we will have a full and absorbing day.
Jake Ruddiman, Wake Forest University Associate Professor of History
Mary Tribble (’82, MA ’19), Wake Forest University Associate Vice President and Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies
The day includes morning snack, *lunch, and the expertise of Wake Forest University Faculty.
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