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Calendar of Events

Thank you for your interest in our organization's special events and programming.
Please mark your calendar to attend one or more of the following upcoming events. 

*If you are interested in children's programming and events please visit our education page.

North Carolina Preservation Consortium Workshop

The NC Preservation Consortium will host a day long workshop on June 20, 2016 
Preserving the Historic Building: Practical Solutions for preserving and Maintaining Historic Architecture

The workshop will provide morning sessions at AB Tech focusing on the "Best Practices" 
for maintaining historic property in NC.  The afternoon session will feature
the Smith-McDowell House for "hands-on" building analysis.

WNCHA is happy to partner with the NCPC in this timely and useful workshop for
historic house museums and properties.

 For workshop information and registration materials please see


 Blue Ridge Parkway Exhibit

This new exhibit to the Smith-McDowell House will feature
photographs and drawings that illustrate the planning for and building of 
the Blue Ridge Parkway from the 1930s-1980s.

Original furniture from homes "displaced" by the Parkway's construction will be on display
along with contemporary paintings of the Parkway by WNC artists

The exhibit is scheduled to open in May, 2016
Please call the Smith-McDowell House( 828-253-9231)
for the information on the exhibit's opening date. 


Taking Another Look: New Views of the Blue Ridge Parkway

This WNCHA program will be presented by Anne Whisnant, PhD (UNC-Chapel Hill) who will discuss
the complicated and often contentious process that brought the Blue Ridge Parkway
into being from the 1930s-1980s.  Looking at stories of Asheville, Little Switzerland,
Ashe County, Cherokee and Grandfather Mountain Dr. Whisnant will develop
 the historial conflicts over land purchases, routing, and Parkway access and use.
Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

The program will begin at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in the 
Reuter Center (Mandeimer Room) at UNC-Asheville

Tickets sold at the door.  WNCHA members free
General Public - $5.00 donation requested.


Commemoration of the Great Flood of 1916

A century ago, WNC experienced possibly the worst natural disaster the region has ever seen.  
July 15, 1916 was a day of extrordinary rain.  The French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers, swollen to unheard-of-heights, devastated Hendersonville, Asheville, Biltmore, Marshall and other communities lying in their watersheds.

What was the Great Flood of 1916 like and what lessons did we learn from the tragedy?  And are we prepared for the next potential flood to visit the French Broad River?

Please join us on July 15 (Friday) and July 16 (Saturday) for a symposium at the Ferguson Auditorium on the AB Tech campus as these questions are explored.  The two day symposium is free to the public and attendees will receive a complimentary copy of
So Great the Devastation, a 48 page illustrated booklet about the Great Flood.

Sessions on July 15 begin at 8:00am with registration followed by panel discussions with Milton Ready, professor emeritus, UNC-A, Anthony Sadler of Appalachian State, representatives of the NC Division of Emergency Management and the NC Dept of Public Safety,  Asheville City Govt and Buncombe Cty Govt, and Jim Fox of UNC-A's National Environmental Modeling Center.

Sessions on July 16 begin at 10:00am with Keynote Speaker - John Barry, author of 
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.
 Panel discussions to follow with Michael Tanner of Asheville's NOAA Center for Weather and Climate,
filmaker David Weintraub and his documentary Come Hell and High Water, 
and representatives of the Biltmore Company, Duke Energy, and Gary Freeze of Catawba College.


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