In remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this year we are looking back at the two trips he made to Western North Carolina at the height of the civil rights movement. Dr. King’s first visit to the area was in January 1964, just a few short months after the assassination of President John F.
In the second half of the 19th century, the city of Asheville grew at a momentous speed. With this growth came an increasing need to build social services to support the region’s growing population. In answer to this, a small group of friends organized. All women, they were fathered by city-builders, war heroes, and successful
Buncombe County Special Collections (BCSC) at Pack Memorial Library will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Thursday, Oct. 21, and starting in November will be making minor changes in their operating hours. Continue reading to learn more about these changes. BCSC partners with YMI Cultural Center The upcoming Oct. 19 and Oct. 21 closures
On September 29, 2021 the Buncombe County Library system celebrates the 60th anniversary of integration. The 828 Digital Archives for Historical Equity Project has been working closely with Buncombe County Special Collections to digitize documents from the Asheville-Buncombe Library Collection and research the history of segregation and integration in the libraries in order to commemorate
This summer, Buncombe County Special Collections was lucky enough to host three student interns; two who worked directly in Special Collections, Nancy and Zoe, and a third, Corrina, who worked with a local community organization, but spent most of her time in the archives. The internship was facilitated by the City of Asheville Youth Leadership
Above are two views of Mount Pisgah and the Rat with floral gardens in the foreground. One is from Lake Ashnoca and the other is from the grounds of Asheville School. Lake Ashnoca has long been drained. It was also on the grounds of Asheville School. Both views have colorful, summer blooms in the foregrounds.
Do you miss the library and all of the programs we have to offer? So do WE! So we’ve done something about it– for the past two weeks NC Room staff have been hosting virtual programs via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video calling software that allows hundreds of people to gather at once. It’s
One of the in-person programs NC Room staff were really excited about was our second annual series of “Strolling Through History” tours in downtown Asheville. They were planned to happen once a month from April until September, but alas, COVID-19 changed everything. Fortunately, however, the NC Room was lucky enough to host two wonderful interns