“My parents went to the Beaver Lake Restaurant every Thursday because that was the maid’s night off. We always had a maid when I was growing up. Everybody in that area did.” [Jean Moore interview, MS338.003A] The Beaver Lake Drive-In was operated by Tom Vlahos and is the current site of Nick’s Drive-In at 1461 Merrimon Avenue.
In Celebration of Black History Month Check our “Programs” page for more information on these additional events sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room, scheduled for Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library: February 22 12n-1p Roy Harris and Sheneika Smith — Poetry Reading, Storytelling and Singing Roy Harris is President of the Asheville
ON DISPLAY NOW: Black History Month. The North Carolina Room at Pack Memorial Library is exhibiting four special exhibits for the month of February. ASHEVILLE’S EAST END, 1970: Photographs from the Andrea Clark Collection. (Main level library exhibit area) Andrea’s powerful photographs show the story of a community and its collision with urban renewal. *** The
The North Carolina Room recently received a new donation of Montford materials, including photographs, newspaper clippings and early newsletters. In the mid 1970’s Montford and Montford Hill residents rallied together to clean up the neighborhood and to work at renovating houses in need of repair. Work was organized through the Montford Community Club and the Montford Hills Community Club.
It was a momentous day. Tuesday, November 24, 2015 the staff of the North Carolina Room joined with the staff of the Youth Services Department, Pack Memorial Library and invited the third grade class at Isaac Dickson Elementary to visit the North Carolina Room. Our hope was to show the students a little bit about what
Here’s a hint: Do you know the cultural origins of the banjo? The banjo comes to us from Africa, having been brought to the New World by slaves. This was news to me, although several people in the audience of Phil Jamison’s talk were able to answer the question correctly. What about Southern Appalachian music and
A portrait like this one suggests a fascinating story, and in this case we were fortunate to receive the photograph from someone who could satisfy our curiosity about this family. The young woman on the left is Ella Mae Bowditch Waters, the oldest daughter of the couple in the photograph. This year Mrs. Waters turned
In our February exhibit at the NC Room we featured a mixed media collage by Asheville artist Leroy Neal Baxter. When he passed away in 2011 at the age of 85, his obituary stated simply, “He had a special artistic skill and would display artwork using a variety of materials.” I am the proud owner
Do any of you remember The Cabin Kids? These Asheville singing talents found Hollywood fame. They traveled the country performing in various venues. Their talents were featured in many films and televisions shows such as “The Little Rascals.” Looks like they started out as “The Jolly Six Sextette” before they made it to the big time.