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WNC History Lecture Series: Kieta Osteen-Cochrane on Tuberculosis & Tourism

05/27/2021 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Join us (virtually) for our fourth installment in the WNC History Lecture Series. Asheville native and WNCHA board member Kieta Osteen-Cochrane will present on the Von Ruck Sanitarium—one of many such facilities built in and around Asheville to treat tuberculosis patients in the late 1800s-early 1900s—as well as its impacts on Asheville and regional tourism. WNCHA Public Programs Director Trevor Freeman will also speak briefly about the climatic treatment of disease, including TB, and the origins of the WNC conservation and park movement. This program addresses a key period in the development of the city and region.

The Event:

This program runs from 6:30-7:30pm on Thursday, May 27. You must pre-register and purchase tickets in advance. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants to access the virtual program.

Kieta’s presentation will be pre-recorded, as will a short Q&A session. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance by emailing [email protected]. Attendees will also have a chance to ask questions during the live event to be answered by our public programs director.

About the Presenters:

Kieta Osteen-Cochrane

Kieta Osteen-Cochrane is an Asheville native and local historian with deep roots and eight generations in WNC. As a former four campus college administrator she served as executive director of the Institute for Business & Contract Training on the space coast, offering customized training, professional relicensing courses, grant funded community programs and international student services. She served on several local, county, and state boards in Cocoa, Brevard County, Florida.

Kieta joined the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County in 2010 to form a committee to save the beautiful St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines auditorium. Later serving as education chair on the Preservation Society board six years and was awarded three Griffin Awards for education and stewardship. As co-chair with Stuart Camblos of the AB Tech St. Genevieve’s/Gibbons Hall alumni committee, the alumni raised a final $300,000 in gap funds to complete historic restoration of the Ivy building, a Gothic revival jewel on campus. Kieta is currently on the boards of the Western North Carolina Historical Association, The Guastavino “Palaces for the People” Alliance and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee.

Trevor Freeman is the WNCHA Public Programs Director and holds a BS in Public History from Appalachian State University, as well as an MA in American History from East Carolina University. He is a WNC native and has extensively researched the early Appalachian National Park Association.


Tickets: Free for WNCHA members/ $5 for General Admission. We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.

This program is brought to you by the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC-Asheville. Contact Trevor Freeman at [email protected] for questions or more information.


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