WNCHA History Hour: Discovering Carl Sandburg

A special hybrid History Hour hosted live at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and livestreamed via Zoom. During the first half of the twentieth century, Carl Sandburg seemed to be everywhere and do everything: poet and political activist; investigative reporter,...
The Lost North Fork Community

The Lost North Fork Community

In its heyday, North Fork, located to the northwest of Black Mountain, had a population larger than the nearby City of Asheville. But as Asheville grew, forward-thinking officials determined the need for a watershed to serve its residents. They condemned the land in...
Lost Cove, NC

Lost Cove, NC

Lost Cove, North Carolina was once described as where the “moonshiner frolics unmolested.” The small town in Yancey County existed from 1864-1957, but today is a ghost town accessible mainly to hikers hoping to catch a glimpse of the desolate settlement. Christy Smith...
ReadWNC: The Ballad of Frankie Silver

ReadWNC: The Ballad of Frankie Silver

Sharyn McCrumb discusses the true events behind her novel The Ballad of Frankie Silver. In this series, authors and historians explore the facts behind the fiction in books centered in WNC.  The Ballad of Frankie Silver is one of McCrumb’s Ballad novels – “set in the...
Revisiting The Maya of Morganton

Revisiting The Maya of Morganton

In the 1990s, Morganton, North Carolina became the new home of several hundred Guatemalan and Mexican-born workers, and the site of their struggle for labor rights and unionization in a poultry processing plant. Their oral histories formed the basis for Dr. Leon...