Venus & Vance: A Virtual Appalachian Christmas Carol at Vance Birthplace

Event Description

Venus & Vance: A Conversation Around Reclaiming Narratives, Complexity, and Empathy

Vance Birthplace State Historic Site and the American Myth Center partner once again to present an evening of historical drama and discussion on the interpretation of the plantation and race in western North Carolina.

This two-act piece begins with a viewing of the annual Appalachian Christmas Carol--which follows the story of Venus, an enslaved woman that lived on the Vance plantation--and concludes with a panel discussion on the complicated legacy of Zebulon Vance, our collective histories, how we interpret them, and the role of museums and historic sites.

Panel Discussion – It’s Not a White Christmas: Reclaiming Historical Narratives and Creating Empathy

Note: Speakers will vary from night to night. Questions from the audience will be submitted through the Q&A window on Zoom, grouped by the moderator, and presented to the speakers. We will make every effort to get to as many questions as possible before 8:30.

Speakers for Saturday, December 12
• Steve Nash, Associate Professor of History, East Tennessee State University, Author of Reconstruction’s Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains.
• Sasha Mitchell
• Joseph McGill, Founder, Slave Dwelling Project

This evening's production is $12.00. To register and receive your personal link to this two-act piece, click on the link under Online Access.

Pre-Visit Materials – Upon registering, guests will receive a virtual “program” giving background on the story of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the history behind the characters portrayed in the play and background on the art form known as “crankies.”