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Programs & Exhibits 2017

Brown Bag Lunch and Evening Programs:

All programs are on the last Wednesday of the month.

[With the exception of our  Saturday September 16, 2017 program.]

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Title: North Asheville Neighborhood History Program

Speakers:

Date: Wednesday October 25, 2017

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM

The North Carolina Room will begin a 2017 North Asheville Neighborhood History Project focused through the North Branch Library. Long-time residents will be interviewed by volunteers of the Friends of the North Carolina Room. The project will also include a year long search for photographs, letters, ephemera and architectural drawings that document the early residential communities of North Asheville. The geographical focus of the program will include: Beaverdam, Elk Mountain, Grace, Grove Park, Kimberly Heights, Lake View Park, Macon/Sunset Mountain, Proximity Park and Sherwood Heights.

This is a pilot project that we will take to other library branches in Buncombe County.

 

Aerial view of Beaver Lake, in Asheville NC, 1950-1960.

This program will include a short overview of the history of the development of North Asheville following the opening of the Grove Park Inn in 1913, stories by residents, and the volunteer interviewers.

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Title: Asheville: 200 Years of Good Eating

Speaker: Nan Chase

Date: Wednesday November 29, 2017

Time: 12:00 to 1:00

Nan Chase writes about architecture and design and is the author of Asheville: A History and several other books, including, most recently, Drink the Harvest. She has written for such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Southern Living, and Air & Space. Nan served on the Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County. A long-time resident of western North Carolina, she now lives in central Asheville. 

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Exhibits 2017

Currently on exhibit main floor Pack Memorial Library

“On The Front Porch”

A porch is a passage into a home. It’s where we comfortably pause before entering as well as when leaving. Porches link the private interior with the outdoors, the public sidewalk and street. Porches are where we rest, are silent, or talk quietly with family or friends. We sometimes gather on porches to play music. They are where we sit and watch kids playing across the street, where we wave at neighbors walking by. Where we watch the gloaming of the day, and the night come.

An interesting display of very different porches including porches of Montford.

“The only thing missing in the exhibit is a rocking chair.” Terry Taylor

 

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Also currently on exhibit:

Two exhibit cases of “Folk Art of Southern Appalachia.”

One exhibit is just inside the main library doors at Haywood Street entrance. Second exhibit case is located on the lower level in front of the North Carolina Room.

“Folk artists thrive in North Carolina, evolving through self-instruction and emulation of the work of others

as well as upholding traditional and nontraditional methods of craft passed down through the generations.

 

 

Past Events 2017

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

Speakers: Symposium speakers to be announced

Date: Saturday September 16, 2017

Time: 1: PM to 3:00 PM followed by a dedication ceremony for the Anne Penland historical marker

Anne Penland 1885-1976) was the daughter of William H. and Mary Blair Penland. The Penland family home was on the current site of Pack Memorial Library and the Vanderbilt Apartments.

Shortly after the United States entered World War I in 1917, the “Presbyterian Hospital was asked to send two surgical teams near the front to support the British attack on Western Belgium, one of the teams used a nurse as its anesthetist. Major William Darrach, the team’s surgeon and a future dean of P&S, told a British colonel that Anne Penland’12, was the most qualified in the group, even though the colonel didn’t think a nurse could physically hold down a larger man while giving anesthesia. One night more than 1,200 casualties came through the makeshift hospital and Ms. Penland performed admirably. Her achievements motivated the British to develop programs for nurse anesthetists. Graduates later freed up more than 100 doctors for medical and surgical work during the war.” [From “Nurses Who Went to War” by Matthew Dougherty.]

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Title: Legends, Secrets and Mysteries of Asheville.

Speaker: Marla Milling

Date: Wednesday, August 30th

Time: 12:00 to 1:00

Local historian and author Marla Milling will talk about her new book, Legends, Secrets and Mysteries of Asheville. As in Marla’ Milling’s first book, Only in Asheville: An Eclectic History, she again traces the people and places that make her hometown a truly unique city. She’s a full-time freelance writer and serves as a Contributing Editor for Blue Ridge Country magazine, freelance staff writer for TheManual.com, and freelance staff writer for Match.com. In addition, she writes frequently for the Asheville-based monthly magazine Capital at Play, WNC Parent/Asheville Citizen-Times, and other publications. She grew up in the Skyland area of south Buncombe County, where she graduated from T.C. Roberson High School. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She lives in north Asheville with her two teenagers, Ben and Hannah, and four cats. Her roots run deep in the WNC mountains, with ancestors on both sides going back for many generations.

 

 

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Title: Family Feud:  The Bitter Battle Between E.W. Grove and Fred Seely For the Grove Park Inn

Speaker: Bruce Johnson

Date: Wednesday, June 28th

Time: 12:00 to 1:00

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Bruce Johnson has been researching and writing about the Grove Park Inn since first coming to Asheville in 1986. In 1988 he founded the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn and continues to direct that today. He has written several books on the American Arts and Crafts movement, as well as on the Grove Park Inn, including Built For the Ages: A History of the Grove Park Inn and Tales of the Grove Park Inn.

 

Title: “Made with the Simplest of Tools: Appalachian Rustic Style”

Speaker: Lynne Poirier Wilson

Date: Wednesday. May 31st

Time: 12:00 to 1:00

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Lynne Poirier-Wilson is a retired Museum Curator and Administrator who has worked in museums in eastern PA and western NY. She moved to Asheville in 2000 and took a part-time job as a Curator with the Asheville Art Museum curating exhibitions that explore both art and culture history. Lynne has served on the board of the Swannanoa Valley Museum, and volunteers for the Asheville Art Museum and for the North Carolina Collection. Lynne has a fond affection for anything rustic and has written several articles on rustic art and furnishings.

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Lynne Poirier-Wilson is a retired Museum Curator and Administrator who has worked in museums in eastern PA and western NY. She moved to Asheville in 2000 and took a part-time job as a Curator with the Asheville Art Museum curating exhibitions that explore both art and culture history. Lynne has served on the board of the Swannanoa Valley Museum, and volunteers for the Asheville Art Museum and for the North Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Library. Lynne has a fond affection for anything rustic and has written several articles on rustic art and furnishings.

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Evening Program

Title: “‘Mountain Scenery’–Discovering WNC from the 1850s, Asheville, Ancestors, and Immortality”

Speaker: Elizabeth “Liz” Colton

Date: Wednesday, April 26th

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

 

Elizabeth (Liz) Colton, Ph.D. will talk about the book, Mountain Scenery: The Scenery of the Mountains of Western North Carolina and Northwestern South Carolina written by Henry E. Colton and published in 1859. No one could better present this fascinating book than Liz Colton, as she has visited every site in Western NC visited by her ancestor Henry  E. Colton.

Known as “a worldwide connector”, Liz Colton grew up in Asheville, NC. She lived and worked around the world as a journalist, diplomat, educator. Now through her EO Colton & Associates Global Collaboration consulting firm based in Asheville and Washington, Dr. Colton speaks and advises globally on diplomacy, politics, education, journalism & the media.  She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a university professor, a UN development planner, a Peace Corps Volunteer, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and a Foreign Service Officer. Liz has an undergraduate BA from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and MAs from Vanderbilt University and holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Currently, Dr. Elizabeth Colton is serving as Diplomat in Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University-Asheville Center and also as  UNITAR trainer/moderator in Diplomacy courses.

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Title: Greetings From Asheville: Postcards in the North Carolina Collection.

Speaker: Terry Taylor

Date: Wednesday, March 29th  2017

Time: 12:00 to 1:00

Join Terry Taylor as he presents  a visual potpourri  of a selection of postcards which can be found in the North Carolina Collection.  You’ll see Asheville (and Western North Carolina) as you’ve probably not seen it before, from the early years of the 20th century into the more recent past.  Also check out the display of postcards from the North Carolina Collection on the main floor of the library adjacent to the Circulation Desk.

Terry Taylor is as close to a native as one can be without being born in a Buncombe County hospital. His grandparents and parents both hail from the Billy Cove in Candler and the Big Sandy Mush community. He’s lived in the mountains of WNC since 1964 except for a decade in Durham County’s rolling piedmont.  After careers in special education and craft book publishing (both authoring and editing), he earned a diploma in Jewelry from the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College. He lives and has a studio just outside of Asheville’s city limits.

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Title: Sex, Lies, and Snake Oil: The Strange Career of Dr. John Brinkley

Speaker: Jon Elliston

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017  

Time: 12:00 to 1:00

 Local historian Jon Elliston will explore the bizarre odyssey of John R. Brinkley, one of Western North Carolina’s most infamous figures.

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From his humble mountain origins, Brinkley rose to national stature as a medical scam artist. He made a killing on sketchy goat gland implants and other oddball treatments, only to die pretty young and totally broke. At the same time, Brinkley built radio audiences for some of his musically talented Jackson County neighbors and others from around the country, including the Carter Family. And he helped shape modern advertising and political campaign tactics that are still in use today.

Elliston’s presentation is based on his January 2017 article in WNC magazine about Brinkley’s rise and fall, and will include audio from Brinkley’s radio broadcasts along with rarely seen images of the would-be doctor and his enterprises.

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Title: Poetry reading, storytelling and singing.

Speaker: Roy Harris with Sheneika Smith.

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd

Time: 12:00 to 1:00

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Roy Harris is President of the Asheville Storytelling Circle, a board member of the Young Men’s Institute, and newest board member of the Friends of the North Carolina Room. Roy will be telling his story about two cousins who each think their own mule is the fastest, so to prove it they walk their mules from the Eastern part of North Carolina, through Asheville, and onto the Kentucky Derby. So Roy, which mule did win the race?

Sheneika Smith, a native of Asheville, NC, is a preacher’s daughter, fierce fashionista, community organizer and visionary leader. Sheneika graduated from Asheville High and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Winston-Salem State University. Her path is to develop her ministry to assist in the preservation of the African American interests and quality of life in her community. Her work includes ministry, motherhood, special events planning, supporting her community and the empowerment of those around her.

Sheneika is best known for organizing and producing “Asheville Sunday’s Best,” and for spearheading an initiative that encourages inclusion and empowerment of Black Asheville called “Date My City.”

Past Exhibits 2017

An exhibition of documentary photographs taken in 2016 by the staff of the North Carolina Room.

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Past Events & Exhibits 2016

Events

Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium, Lower Level

Sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room

All events are free and open to the public

The North Carolina Room threw a social for the Friends of the North Carolina Room in October. It was held at the Bier Garden on Haywood Street. Moderators from the “Asheville in the 1980s” series were invited as special guests.

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NC Room Staff Ione Whitlock created a slide show of all of the photographs used in the “Asheville in the 1980s” series and 1980s music played in the background.

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The North Carolina Room staff thanked long time volunteer and past library board member Bob Etter for his consistent help volunteering in the NC Room. He accomplished finishing scanning the post card collection. Every Friday morning he scanned whatever was set in front of him, from 9:00 to 11:00.

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Pitchers of local beer, chips and Bier Garden’s special salsa. Librarian’s love socials!

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EVENING PROGRAMS

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A Summer-Long Evening Series

April through September

(Last Wednesdays)

6:00 to 7:30 pm

These programs will be made up of panelists and two moderators, all of whom were involved in their subject area in Asheville during this decade.

  • Wednesday April 27: Save Downtown Asheville & the Wrap. Moderators: Jan Schochet, Wayne Caldwell and Peggy Gardner.

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  • Wednesday May 25: Downtown Businesses & Restaurants. Moderator: Rob Pulleyn

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  • Wednesday June 29: Social Activism & Social Agencies. Moderators: Ann Von Brock and Ellen Clarke

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  • Wednesday July 27: Arts, Theater & Music. Moderators: Deborah Austin and Phyllis Lang

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  • Wednesday August 31: Downtown Housing & the State of Buildings. Moderators: Kevan Frazier and Erin Derham

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  • Wednesday September 28: Politics and Civic Engagement. Moderators: Leslie Anderson and Becky Anderson

  • EXHIBITS: Exhibits of photographs from the North Carolina Collection of Asheville in the 1980s are on the main library floor to left of entrance, as well as three exhibits on the lower level, in the hallway going to the North Carolina Room and in the North Carolina Room.

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PAST EVENTS & EXHIBITS 2016:

Exhibits

June 1 through July 14:

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A man and a woman reaching up a tree to indicate the height of the July 1916 floodwaters. North Carolina Room photo AA177.

“So Great the Devastation: The Flood of 1916”

Traveling Exhibit from the North Carolina Office of Archives and History

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A display case on the main floor and one on the lower level outside the North Carolina Room also features photographs and real photo postcards form the North Carolina Room Collection on the flood of 1916.

 

HUNGRY FOR HISTORY:  A Brown Bag Lunch Series

Bring a brown bag lunch and listen to local historians.

“The Unforgettable Rampage:  Remembering the Great Flood of 1916”

A free multimedia presentation by local historian Jon Elliston

Wednesday, July 13, 12-1 p.m.

Lord Auditorium, Pack Memorial Library

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1916 flood, photographed from the hill south of the Southern Railway Station, looking north along Depot Street. Asheville Grocery Co just beyond the depot.

Even after a century has passed, the flood waters of July 1916 remain the French Broad River’s “chief and unforgettable rampage,” as writer Wilma Dykeman described the cataclysm. And indeed, almost the entirety of Western North Carolina was devastated by the Great Flood, which cost some 50 lives here and destroyed thousands of farms, roads, railroad lines, homes and businesses. Join WNC magazine senior editor Jon Elliston for a free multimedia presentation based on his historical exposé in the new issue of the magazine. He’ll show the pictures, and tell the stories, of how the Great Flood’s watery depths came to haunt our region, even to this day.

Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:00-7:00

Bill Jamerson:

“Civilian Conservation Corps Camps in Western North Carolina”

Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps. It’s a nostalgic program with lots of laughter and many heartfelt stories. His program is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun. It’s about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of strength, wit and charm.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine-year run beginning in 1933, over 75,000 men served in North Carolina. The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money kept many families from starving.IMG_3122

 

February 24, 2016 (Wednesday) 12: to 1:00:  Rick Russell spoke about Robert Henry, Forgotten Pioneer and the Sulphur Springs Hotel

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Join Asheville historian and award-winning author Richard Russell for the unusual, contradictory and fascinating life story of Robert Henry, a pioneer who fought with the Overmountain Men at Kings Mountain, battled British troops along the Catawba River, and went on to build the Sulphur Springs resort in what is now Malvern Hills in West Asheville.

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PAST EVENTS 2015: 

Wednesday, October 28th, 6:00-7:00, 2015: Phil Jamison on Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance.

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Phil Jamison is nationally-known as a dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer. He has called dances, performed, and taught at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and overseas since the early 1970s, including more than thirty years as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film, Songcatcher, for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant. From 1982 through 2004, he toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, and he also plays fiddle and banjo. Over the last thirty years, Phil has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and his recently-published book Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (University of Illinois Press, 2015) tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. Phil teaches mathematics as well as Appalachian music and dance at Warren Wilson College, in Asheville, North Carolina, where he also coordinates the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering. http://www.philjamison.com

 

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Wednesday September 30, 2015: Kevan Frazier: “Asheville and The Roaring 20’s”

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In celebration of the Allied Victory in World War I, the 1920s ushered in an era of what some believed would be permanent prosperity. The Roaring Twenties were a period of tremendous change in United States, in general, and Asheville, in particular, as the city’s population nearly doubled to over 50,000 in only a decade. The boom could be seen in the dramatic physical transformation of the city, from Asheville’s first skyscraper, to its many Art Deco masterpieces. At once, the city’s “Program for Progress” moved Asheville closer to being one of the South’s great cities while at the same time it plunged it into a mire of debt that crippled the city for some 50 years.

Frazier is the Executive Director of Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park in Asheville and has been a History professor and higher education administrator for some 20 years. A native, Kevan is also the owner/operator of Asheville by Foot walking tours, and recently published a new book, Legendary Locals of Asheville, a collection of 150 biographical shorts of folks who have shaped the city over the past 200 years.

Thursday, August 27th, 6:00-7:30

Missing History: The Family Store. A panel about the bygone days of the many Jewish-owned businesses that used to be in downtown Asheville. From 1880-1990 there were more than 454 different Jewish-owned retail businesses downtown. This panel discussion will follow a 20 minute visual presentation on how instrumental these merchants were in creating what we know today as downtown Asheville. Why did these merchants come to Asheville, why were they even merchants? The panel will include some of the merchants themselves, most of whom are descendants of the original store owners.

Presenter: Jan Schochet, co-creator of the public history exhibit you can see now across downtown, “The Family Store: A History of the Jewish Businesses of Downtown Asheville, 1880-1990.

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Dora Rapport, owner of Doray’s Hat Hop on Haywood Street across from Pritchard Park (photo around 1940s).

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The folks (out of 190) with their hands held up were people who had lived in Asheville five years or less . . .and who were interested in local history.

Click here to read our post post about the event.

Wednesday July 29, 2015: Danny Bernstein: “The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: A Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History”

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina, published by the History Press, focuses on the beauty, quirkiness, and vibrancy of the 1,000 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to the Outer Banks. Danny recounts the highlights and challenges of walking the MST. Meeting people is also a vital part of walking the trail.

The route takes in Fraser fir trees and pelicans, old grist and textile mills, working cotton and tobacco farms, Revolutionary War sites and two British Cemeteries complete with Union Jacks. Author Danny Bernstein shares stories that will captivate the curious, adventurous, hiker, biker, and history and culture buff.

Danny’s mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking. A committed hiker for over 40 years, she completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000, many other hiking challenges, and, of course, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Recently she walked the 440 miles of Le Chemin de St. Jacques, the French section of the El Camino. She’s written two hiking guides, Hiking the Carolina Mountains (2007) and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains (2009) and blogs at http://www.hikertohiker.com.

Her motto is “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.” Danny plans to die with her boots on.

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Danny Bernstein’s motto is, “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.”

Danny Bernstein is one of fifty people to have walked the Mountains-To-Sea Trail. No, Danny is not afraid of running into a bear on the trail, and she considers stumbling on a wild boar a “gift.” The only thing she’s afraid of, is getting lost.  Sixty-five Hungry for History enthusiasts got to vicariously hike across the state with Danny. If you haven’t heard her speak, don’t miss her when you get a chance.

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Wednesday June 24, 2015 from 5:30-7:00: Social for the Friends of the North Carolina Room

The social for the Friends of the North Carolina Room will be held this year at the Rankin House Inn, 32 Elizabeth Place, Asheville, NC 28801. The Rankin House Inn is the oldest frame-built home in Asheville and predates the founding of Montford. This five bedroom, five bathroom B&B offers luxurious common spaces, private entrances, over 1200 square feet of covered porches and balconies all just a short walk from downtown. North Carolina Room staff will have on exhibit some newly archived items from the Rankin-Bearden Collection. Light appetizers will be served. If you haven’t yet joined the Friends of the North Carolina Room, or renewed your membership at $15.00/year, do so now, so you won’t miss this event.
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Wednesday June 10, 2015 from 6 pm to 7 pm: Jon Elliston: “Asheville 100 Years Ago”

Back by popular demand, Jon will do an evening presentation, similar to his standing-room-only program last March. In a multimedia presentation, local journalist and historian Jon Elliston will open a window into Asheville as it was 100 years ago, sharing the good, the bad and the ugly of local history during an early phase of the city’s rise to prominence.

Elliston is an editor and writer for Carolina Public Press and WNC magazine — and the curator of the @AVL1915 Twitter feed, which recounts century-old local news and was launched from records in Pack Library’s North Carolina Collection.

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Wednesday May 27, 2015: John Toms: “The Guastavino Family: Asheville and South America.”

Members of the docent team at the Basilica of St. Lawrence will discuss May’s exhibit in the North Carolina Collection, which documents architect Rafael Guastavino’s extended family, particularly after his 1881 move to America. Topics, and related items on display, include Guastavino’s second wife, Francesca Ramirez Guastavino, who remained at his local estate, Rhododendron, for forty years after his 1908 death; members of her family who later moved to this area; and items pertaining to Guastavino’s older sons and his first wife, who moved to South America in 1881.

John Toms, who produced the National Register text for St. Lawrence’s 2010 National Significance designation, will provide general background and an introduction of the research of Albert Czarnecki and Lori Dorr, who have served as tour guides at the Basilica of St. Lawrence for a number of years, and interviews and research conducted by Diane Wright, the Basilica’s tour director. Time will be provided for the researchers to discuss their work and answer questions.

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Wednesday April 29, 2015 from 6:00-7:00: AN EVENING EVENT WITH PHOTOGRAPHER TIM BARNWELL

Join Tim Barnwell for a talk about his latest book, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas: A Comprehensive Identification Guide to What You See from the Many Overlooks. Mr. Barnwell will discuss the 5-year effort involved in identifying the hundreds of mountains seen from over 40 overlooks along the Parkway plus views from other area locations including the Biltmore House and Chimney Rock Park. Discussions will also touch on the history, geography, unique features and attractions of the areas of North Carolina and Virginia that surround the spectacular 469-mile route the Parkway traces through the western mountains of those states. There will be time for questions and a book signing to follow (books will be available for purchase at the event).

TIM BARNWELL is a photographer based in Asheville, North Carolina. His career has spanned more than 30 years as a professional photographer and photography instructor, including eight years as Executive Director of the nationally recognized Appalachian Photographic Workshops.

His images have been widely published, appearing in dozens of magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, American Craft, Outdoor Photographer, Sky and Telescope, Billboard, Travel South, American Style, Black & White Magazine, Aperture, Lenswork, and National Parks. He has been a principal or contributing photographer to dozens of books, and is the author of four of his own–The Face of Appalachia: Portraits from the Mountain Far, On Earth’s Furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs, and Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia, and Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas: A Comprehensive Identification Guide to What You See from the Many Overlooks.

Mr. Barnwell’s widely collected work has been included in many group and one-man shows in the U.S. and abroad. His prints are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Mint Museum, SOHO Photo Gallery, Newark Museum, and the Bank of America corporate collection.

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Wednesday March 25, 2015 from 12 noon to 1 pm: Jon Elliston: “Asheville 100 Years Ago”

In a multimedia presentation, local journalist and historian Jon Elliston will open a window into Asheville as it was 100 years ago, sharing the good, the bad and the ugly of local history during an early phase of the city’s rise to prominence.

Elliston is an editor and writer for Carolina Public Press and WNC magazine — and the curator of the @AVL1915 Twitter feed, which recounts century-old local news and was launched from records in Pack Library’s North Carolina Collection

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PAST EVENTS 2014:

Anthony Lord: Artist, Architect,Craftsman

In conjunction with a month-long exhibit in the North Carolina Room, Anthony Lord: Artist, Architect,Craftsman, The Friends of the North Carolina Room hosted a presentation, “Let’s Talk About Anthony Lord” on August 28th from 6:00 to 7:00. A few of Anthony Lord’s friends spoke briefly, from their own professions, on Lord’s work and what he contributed to Asheville. 76 people attended.

Speakers were:

Peter Austin, The Ironwork of Tony Lord; Dianne Cable, The Watercolors and sketches of Tony Lord; Elizabeth Kostova, Working with Tony Lord on the book she wrote with Tony Lord,  1927: The Good Natured Chronicle of a Journey; Terry Davis, The Photography of Tony Lord; John Rogers, Tony Lord the Architect.

A video was also played of several of John Warner’s favorite “Tony stories” which included a video of Tony talking.

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76 people attended the “Let’s Talk About Anthony Lord” event.

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Attendees enjoying appetizers and talking about Tony Lord after the event.

And Buncombe County TV filmed the whole event.

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NC Room librarian Zoe Rhine talks with attendee Carol Bruckner, while Cataldo Perrone of Buncombe County TV sets up for filming.

Click here if you would like to view the presentation.

Here is a link to our Heardtell blog post about the exhibit:

https://packlibraryncroom.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/anthony-lord-artist-architect-craftsman-2/

Here is a link to our Heardtell blog post about the presentation:

https://packlibraryncroom.wordpress.com/about-us/

Social for the Friends of the North Carolina Room, 95 Charlotte Street

NC Room staff and the board of the NC Room Friends held a social on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 to celebrate their newly formed Friends of the North Carolina Room. We also celebrated the life of Mary Parker (1914-2012), who would have been 100 years old that day. Mary was a longtime library supporter, and her family, the Patton-Parker family, has had a long tradition of friends and family joining for merry-making. The beautiful old home seemed glad for its walls to hold the sounds of laughter again. Fifty Friends attended. And the traditional front-porch-steps-photograph was taken.

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Click here for more photographs: https://packlibraryncroom.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/the-social-for-the-friends-of-the-north-carolina-room-at-95-charlotte-street/?preview=true&preview_id=1477&preview_nonce=912166f321&post_format=standard

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