20141
Montreat
The Legacy of the Scots-Irish: Historical Migration to Cultural Inspiration
Learn how the Scots-Irish helped shape our nation as you explore their contributions to Appalachian culture, Civil War history and the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
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Program No. 20141RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
check-in (arrival), getting settled, dinner, and orientation
Montreat, NC
D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 4 - 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 PM.

DAY
2
Three Class Presentations, Mountain Gateway Museum
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: Our early morning course, Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America with Flora McDonald Gammon will present an overview of the Scots who emigrated to Ulster and then America. Our mid-morning refreshment will be in the lobby. Afterward, we'll return to the classroom for our presentation on the Scots-Irish Influence on America with Righton McCallum. Because of their Presbyterian religion and heritage, the Scots-Irish were literate in a land of otherwise undereducated settlers. No matter how destitute a family on arrival, if they were industrious, they prospered in some endeavor. We'll explore their contributions!

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Our afternoon course focuses on the contributions of the Scots-Irish in the southern Appalachians. Let's learn all about ballads with Anne Lough After class, we'll venture to Old Fort, NC (20 minutes) to visit the Mountain Gateway Museum. The Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center offers a variety of educational and historical exhibits for public viewing. Some permanent exhibits include - Remedies From the Past: Folk Medicine in Western NC, Spinning and Weaving, Moonshining, A Time to Plant and a Time to Pluck, and there are two 19th Century cabins on the museum's grounds. Temporary exhibits are rotated in the museum in various times of the year. The Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center promotes the understanding of regional history and culture and their relationship to the world at large, for the benefit of visitors and residents. Through museum services to historical organizations, collections management, interpretive exhibits, and public events, Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center encourages the preservation and understanding of local, state, and regional history for future generations.

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Evening program, from 7:00 to 8:00 is "Fun in the Mountains" with Glenn and Evelyn Bannerman. games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship. Perhaps a movie on a big screen, if the group is interested

DAY
3
3 presentations, walk around Montreat, fun evening program
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: Our early morning course "Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America", with Flora McDonald Gammon starts with the people settling the British Isles (Celts, etc.) then brings the history up to the time of James VI (1) and the Ulster Plantation. Mid-morning, we'll have a refreshment break and then return to the classroom for more explorations on the Scots-Irish Influence on America with Righton McCallum. Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Scots and signed by 21 men of Gallic descent?

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Our afternoon course is on "Scots-Irish in the Southern Appalachians, with Anne Lough." We'll explore music traditions, including the dulcimer! You'll learn a tune or two on the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer (yes you can play it in 15 minutes, and you'll love it). After class, we'll have time for a walk around Montreat or a hike in the mountains.

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner

Evening: Another Fun evening program... a concert or a storyteller will entertain us!

DAY
4
3 presentations, free afternoon to explore the area
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: During the early morning course on "Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America," Flora McDonald Gammon will skip back and forth across the ocean and years to discuss these settlers in the Appalachian mountains. We'll talk about their reasons for emigration to America and how they became part of the American Revolution. Mid-morning, we'll venture to the lobby for refreshments and fellowship After returning to the classroom for the course on "Scots-Irish influence on America" with Righton McCallum.

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area!

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner

Evening: During our evening course on "Scots-Irish in the Southern Appalachians" with Anne Lough, we will "kick up our heels" (mountain folk dancing -- so easy, if you can walk, you can do it) and learn about play parties.

DAY
5
Three Class Presentations, Field Trip, Fun Evening
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast

Morning: During the early morning course on "Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America," Flora will skip back and forth across the ocean and years to discuss these settlers in the Appalachian mountains and to answer your questions about them, the history, the lore, and the music. Our mid-morning break will be in the lobby and then we'll return to the classroom for "Scots-Irish Influence on America" with Righton McCallum.

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Our afternoon course will be "Scots-Irish in the Southern Appalachians" with Anne Lough. We'll explore the beautiful harmony of the shaped note tradition and talk about folk songs and storytelling. Following class, we'll venture for another field trip, this time to Vance Birthplace, located near Weaverville, NC (about 45 minutes). About Vance Birthplace.... This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley, features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance. The five-room log house--reconstructed around original chimneys--and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795- 1840. Vance's political career as Civil War officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator is traced at the homestead. Also included is the history of Vance's famous mountain family. One of the dominant personalities of the South for nearly half a century, Zeb Vance served in public office for 30 years. Though he was a lawyer whose keen humor, intellect, and eloquent manner of speaking made him successful, his real interest was always politics. Characterized by a quality that tied him to the common people of the mountain coves, Zeb Vance was first elected to public office at the age of 24. He served in the N.C. House of Commons (legislative assembly of the day) and the U.S. House of Representatives and was elected governor three times.

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 Evening program... concert or storyteller. games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).

DAY
6
2 class presentations
Montreat, NC
B,L

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: During the early morning course on "Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America," Flora will skip back and forth across the ocean and years to discuss these settlers in the Appalachian mountains and to answer your questions about them, the history, the lore, and the music. Our mid-morning break will offer refreshments and an opportunity to check out of your room (check required by 11 a.m.) Our last class of the program will be with Righton McCallum on "Scots-Irish Influence on America." We'll review some of our greatest inventors, our busiest explorers and most intriguing Cherokee chieftains. Our national debt to these courageous settlers is worthy of study! Our closing program is from 12:15 - 12:30, and then we'll have lunch and say our goodbyes.

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room