Calendar of Events
International Soup & Bread Night
Friday, March 6, 2020
7 PM-9 PM
The Slate Valley Museum will host an international soup and bread night on Friday, March 6th, from 7 to 9 P.M., as part of Granville’s First Friday. Warm up with soup and bread from different immigrant regions prepared by members of the museum community for $8. Diners can also purchase artisan handcrafted bowls for $15 from The North Granville Pottery Co. Come savor Welsh Leek, Irish Stew, Italian Minestrone Soup, Polish Borscht, Slovakian Mushroom Soup, Jewish Matzo Ball Soup, and many more.
Celtic Band - Gypsy Reel
Saturday, March 14, 2020
7 PM-9 PM
The Slate Valley Museum is excited to host the popular Celtic band GYPSY REEL (https://gypsyreel.com) on Saturday, March 14th from 7-9 P.M., where tickets are $8 for museum members and $12 for non-members. The band has toured around the world and plays Irish classics with their own mix of modern world rhythms that will have you tapping your feet. After 5 years of hosting this event, it has never failed to sell out!
This year the museum celebrates 25 eventful years of sharing the heritage of the Slate Valley. Area residents began collecting slate-related objects around America’s Bicentennial in 1976 which were put on display in town in a garage for people to learn about the industry’s rich history. Through a collective effort, the small group of devoted enthusiasts came together to raise funds to open the museum. Today, the museum strives to educate the community about the geology of slate, the evolution of slate quarrying technology, and the tales of the quarrying community that immigrated to the Slate Valley of New York and Vermont. We are celebrating this milestone with new and exciting programs, funded by NYSCA grants and museum supporters. The museum will present an audio tour composed of museum collections narrated by descendants of the Slate Valley., recreate a quarry stick on our cultural campus, excavate a time capsule., and release our new driving tour of the Slate Valley.
An American Story: Immigration to the Slate Valley of New York and Vermont (1840's – Present)
May 1, 2020
Laborers and their families moved to the Slate Valley in waves. First came the Welsh, then the Irish, Italians and Eastern Europeans, and, most recently, Central and South Americans. The exhibit draws from the Museum’s Permanent Collection and uses clothing, historical records, music, and literature to illustrate the traditions and beliefs that these people brought with them. Their lives and accomplishments in the Slate Valley reflect the impact that immigrants continue to have on the evolution of American industry.
Annual Garden Showcase
Friday, August 7th and Saturday August 8th, 2020
On Friday, August 7th and Saturday August 8th, the Tri-County Garden Club will showcase their floral creations at the museum. This is a unique opportunity to get a close look at the imaginative work of these local botanical artists. Judging and award presentation will take place on Friday, while educational presentations will continue through Saturday.