Bascom Lamar Lunsford and WNC Song

Bascom Lamar Lunsford and WNC Song

Bascom Lamar Lunsford was born in 1882 in Madison County, North Carolina, home to Cecil Sharp’s “nest of singing birds.” He was both a traditional musician and a collector of “folk” music. He established the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville in 1928; was...
ReadWNC: Guests on Earth

ReadWNC: Guests on Earth

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) for the second of three events in our ReadWNC series! With authors and historians, we will explore the facts behind the fiction in these books centered in WNC. We encourage you to read the books in advance...
Musical Instruments in WNC

Musical Instruments in WNC

From early Native Americans to buskers on modern street corners, music and musical instruments have always been part of the cultural landscape of WNC. In previous events, we have learned about many of the region’s musicians, but this time, the instruments themselves...
Skyview Golf Association and Tournament

Skyview Golf Association and Tournament

The Skyview Golf Association was founded in 1959 as a non-profit promoting golf competition among African Americans in the Asheville area. The following year, they held their first annual Black golfing tournament. The association and tournament were transformative,...
2021 Outstanding Achievement Award

2021 Outstanding Achievement Award

WNCHA is committed to understanding the history of the western region of NC in a more complete way and to calling attention to stories that have not always been heard, told and shared; many different groups in our region are working to the same goal. Members of...
Stories from the LGBTQIA+ Archive

Stories from the LGBTQIA+ Archive

The rich and ongoing history of LGBTQIA+ lives and communities in WNC has been scarcely documented until fairly recently. In 2019, Dr. Amanda Wray and several UNCA student interns, working in conjunction with Blue Ridge Pride, began recording and archiving oral...