Stock Car Racing in Buncombe County

Stock Car Racing in Buncombe County

This talk will explore the captivating history of the four racetracks (Hollywood in Fairview, Asheville-Weaverville, McCormick Field, and the New Asheville Speedway–“The River”) that hosted stock car racing in Buncombe County for over 50 years from the late 1940s to...
Asheville’s Black Baseball Teams

Asheville’s Black Baseball Teams

Asheville has a long history with baseball. Three regional or national Negro League teams—The Royal Giants, Black Tourists, and Blues—played within the city between 1916-1955 before and during the integration of the major leagues. These teams were often overshadowed...
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,...