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HeardTell Blog

Over the next several weeks Buncombe County Special Collections will share five different posts by former Special Collections (NC Room) Librarian Zoe Rhine. Since “retiring” in January 2020, Zoe has continued to follow her research interests; investigating the lives of African Americans in the late 19th century. Do you have research or stories about Asheville

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visits WNC

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.

Lend a Hand to Local History in 2022

Dear Friends, Perhaps you’ve heard this sentiment already applied to any number of things: “back to normal” isn’t possible. The past two years have been revealing and transformative for society as a whole, forcing reflection and putting a pause on even the best-laid plans.   As we approached 2020, the North Carolina Room was already bracing for change: retirements, a new library
Pack Square ca. 1904-1909
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