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Black Lives Built Western North Carolina Railroad

  The North Carolina Room received a call from someone–with both musical and local history interests–asking if there really was a collapse of the Swannanoa Tunnel, as the song, “Swannanoa Tunnel” relates? I said I would … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Buncombe County Slaves and the Western North Carolina Railroad

The Western North Carolina Railroad was chartered in 1852 by the North Carolina General Assembly. A railway was to be constructed from Salisbury to some point on the French Broad … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Event: Anne Penland, Asheville Native, W.W. I Nurse Anesthetist

Title: Anne Penland, Asheville Native, W.W. I Nurse Anesthetist Speakers: Symposium with Keynote Speaker, Sandra Oullette, Past President, American Association of Nurse Anesthetist. Also, the American Red Cross and Penland Family … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

North Asheville: Get Those Photographs Out of Your Attics!

North Carolina Room staff and volunteers are coming to North Branch Library Saturday, September 9th from 11 am to 4 pm to scan your photographs.  Your photographs will be digitally archived and … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Some Notes on Slavery in Asheville and Buncombe County

As the Asheville community looks at how to best remedy its lack of recognition of the African American community and their contributions and sacrifices that made Asheville what it is … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 6 Comments

Event: “Legends, Secrets and Mysteries of Asheville” by Marla Milling

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 … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Greetings from North Asheville

Drive out (walk or ride the bus) to the North Asheville Branch Library for an entertaining presentation on North Asheville as perhaps you’ve never seen it on August 23 In … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Eclipsomania: 1932/2017

Eclipsomania is in full force for the eclipsical event  in western North Carolina in August this year.  As the total eclipse makes its way across the continental United States from … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be ………

  When I first saw this embossed postcard manufactured in Europe (ca. 1907-1915),  the tune of “Carolina Morning” popped into my head. Can you sing the first line of the … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

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