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August 2018. Interviewers: Zoe Rhine and Joe Newman
James E. Penley was principal of South French Broad Junior High during integration in Asheville. James’s son John Penley shares his memories of growing up in Asheville and Western NC in the 1960s and 1970s.
June 28, 2017. Presenter: Bruce Johnson
Bruce Johnson brought humor to the drama-filled saga of a local institution, mixing local and national history with a little intrigue and family history.
May 31, 2017. Presenter: Lynne Poirier-Wilson
A retired Museum Curator and Administrator, Lynne Poirier-Wilson has worked in museums in eastern PA and western NY, and was curator with the Asheville Art Museum. Lynne has a fond affection for anything rustic and has written several articles on rustic art and furnishings.
April 26, 2017. Presenter: Elizabeth “Liz” Colton, PhD
Dr. Elizabeth Colton, president and CEO of EO Colton & Associates Global Collaboration consulting firm based in Asheville and Washington, DC, spoke about the book, Mountain Scenery: The Scenery of the Mountains of Western North Carolina and Northwestern South Carolina which was written by her ancestor Henry E. Colton and published in 1859.
March 29, 2017. Presenter: Terry Taylor
Terry Taylor presented a visual potpourri of postcards taken from the North Carolina Collection. The program was a lively, colorful view of Asheville through the decades, with plenty of amusing stories along the way.
September 28, 2016. Moderators: Leslie Anderson, Becky Anderson
Citizen engagement in 1980s Asheville generated projects with lasting influence: from shaping the City’s comprehensive plan, to volunteering at a new festival, Bele Chere; from healing attempts over the Strouse-Greenberg referenda, to the launch of big projects involving hundreds of volunteers such as Pack Place Arts, Education and Science Center, the Urban Trail, and the re-emergence of the YMI.
The panel and other participants — including former elected and appointed government officials, and key volunteers and activists — told the story themselves in this lively discussion.
August 31, 2016. Moderators: Kevan Frazier, Erin Derham
The expansion of housing in the Central Business District would come to be one of the key elements of Asheville’s Renaissance. The tax credits these pioneers utilized saved many of downtown Asheville’s architectural gems. Meanwhile, other older housing stock was being taken down displacing many long-time residents. This program explored the intertwining of the physical and cultural transformation of downtown Asheville in the 1980s.
July 27, 2016. Moderators: Phyllis Lang, Deborah Austin
Fourth in the “Asheville in the 1980s” series of evening programs sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room, this was a look at how the arts — including music, dance, visual arts, theater, poetry, crafts — developed in Asheville in the 1980s. Read a little more about the event at “Asheville in the 1980s: A Look at the Arts.”
June 29, 2016. Moderators: Ann Von Brock, Ellen Clarke
This event was third in the “Asheville in the 1980s” series of evening programs sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room. Read more about this event at the post “Social Activism & Social Services: Lives Built Around Serving Others”
May 25, 2016. Moderator: Rob Pulleyn
Second in the “Asheville in the 1980s” series of evening programs sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room. Read more about this event at the post “1980s Business Owners Speak.”
April 27, 2016. Moderators: Jan Schochet, Wayne Caldwell and Peggy Gardner
The North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library kicked off with a full house the first of a six part series, “Asheville in the 1980s: A Formative Decade Told by Those Who Shaped It” on Wednesday evening April 27. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room.
The April program delved into the 1980s effort to save eleven acres of downtown Asheville from the wrecking ball. See also the post: “People Flocked to “Save Downtown Asheville & The Wrap.”
August 28, 2014.
Friends of Anthony Lord gathered to discuss his art and life at this event hosted in the Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library.