Montford is one of Buncombe County’s most iconic historic neighborhoods. In this installment of 52 Weeks, 52 Communities, we could take almost any angle on Montford; there is just so much to talk about. So instead of trying to pick just one thesis, I decided that this would be a great opportunity to put together
Did you ever visit the Broad River Community Library? The tiny little library in this rural southeast Buncombe County community first made an appearance thanks to the New Deal-era program called the WPA or Works Progress Administration. The WPA funded all manner of social programs, including arts and literary efforts, like rural libraries. The Broad River
Title: Legends, Secrets and Mysteries of Asheville. Speaker: Marla Milling Date: Wednesday, August 30th Time: 12:00 to 1:00 Lord Auditorium, Pack Memorial Library, Lower Level Local historian and author Marla Milling will talk about her new book, Legends, Secrets and Mysteries of Asheville. Come hear about the stories behind the stories and where she finds her stories.
Sometimes, everyone while driving down a street–like Haywood, Charlotte, Merrimon or Patton Avenue, names so common–stops and wonders about the name. “I wonder who Charlotte Street was named for? And sometimes, there are streets that wondering where the name came from is the last thing in the world anyone would think about. Like Page Avenue.
Robert Henry, Forgotten Pioneer and the Sulphur Springs Hotel (Malvern Hills, West Asheville) Bring a brown bag lunch and go back in time with local historian Richard Russell. Wednesday, February 24, 12 noon–1 pm Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium (lower level) 67 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC The event is free and open to the public.
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
HUNGRY FOR HISTORY Brown Bag Lunch Series Continues: Bring a bagged lunch and join us. Wednesday September 30, 2015 12 noon to 1 pm: Kevan Frazier: “Asheville and The Roaring 20’s” In celebration of the Allied Victory in World War I, the 1920s ushered in an era of what some believed would be permanent prosperity.