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.
Those attending will have the opportunity to purchase a 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.
Please join accomplished archeologist Dr. Brett H. Riggs, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies
at Western Carolina University, as he explores the crisis faced by WNC Cherokee families during the forced
removal era of the 1830s and the resulting Trail of Tears. In addition, Dr. Riggs will develop
Western Carolina University's current initiatives in Native health, as well as, the preservation
of Cherokee language, history, archeology and public heritage.
The program will begin at 2:00pm on Saturday, August 20, 2016
at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC-Asheville.
Tickets sold a the door: General Public $5.00 donation requested
WNCHA members free