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WNCHA History Hour – Discovering Carl Sandburg

11/18/2022 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Friday, Nov 18 at 5pm for a special History Hour event exploring the life and legacy of Carl Sandburg. This event will be held in person at the Reuter Center at UNC Asheville. It will also be livestreamed and recorded for those who cannot attend in person.

During the first half of the twentieth century, Carl Sandburg seemed to be everywhere and do everything: poet and political activist; investigative reporter, columnist, and film critic; lecturer, folk singer, and musicologist; Lincoln biographer and historian; children’s author; novelist; and media celebrity.  He was one of the most successful American writers of thnte twentieth century.  But as time went on, his fame began to fade, and by the twenty-first century, the public knew little, if anything, about his legacy.

This presentation will help participants discover or rediscover this American icon. It is based on Dr. Quinley’s recent publication, Discovering Carl Sandburg: The Eclectic Life of an American Icon. The talk will employ images, quotations, and visual and audio recordings by Sandburg, and by those that wrote about his life and work or knew him personally. Time for questions and discussion is provided at the conclusion.


About the Speaker: Dr. John Quinley is a retired college administrator and faculty member who teaches American history at A-B Technical Community College in Asheville. He holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration and an M.A. in Humanities. Quinley served as a docent for Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site for several years, and writes articles and gives presentations about Sandburg. He was raised in Maywood, Illinois—just a few blocks from where Sandburg lived 30 years earlier. He currently resides with his wife, Melissa, in Hendersonville—just a few miles from Sandburg’s historic Flat Rock, North Carolina home.

Location: 5-6pm at the Reuter Center at UNCA, 300 Campus View Rd, Asheville, NC 28804

Tickets: $5 for WNCHA or OLLI members/ $10 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.

Viewing: Please register for either in-person or virtual attendance. If you register to attend in person and are unable, you will still receive a link to attend virtually via Zoom.. Recordings will also be sent to registrants the following day, and available on our website wnchistory.org

This event is brought to you in part by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. For questions, please email Trevor Freeman at [email protected]

(Images: John Quinley’s book, courtesy of author)

This program is supported in part by North Carolina Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, www.nchumanities.org. Any view, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of North Carolina Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.



5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)


Manheimer Room, UNC-Asheville Reuter Center
300 Campus View Rd
Asheville, 28804 United States
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