WNCHA Presents: Dr. David Moore on Native American Resistance to the16th-Century Spanish Invasion of Western North Carolina

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association Thursday, September 30 at 6:30PM for this special virtual event. We will explore the history and the modern archaeology behind the travelling exhibit Unearthing Our Forgotten Past: Fort San Juan, now on display at the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Dr. David Moore will describe excavations of the Berry site, […]

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WNCHA Lectures: The Marion Mill Massacre in Memory

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Join the Western NC Historical Association Thursday, October 14 at 6PM via Zoom as we kick off a month of programming centered on labor and mill history in WNC. On October 2, 1929, deputies killed six textile workers at the Marion Manufacturing Company mill, marking one of the deadliest labor strikes in the South. This […]

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RAIL Monument Dedication Ceremony

Andrew's Geyser 2111 Mill Creek Rd, Old Fort, NC

On Sunday, October 17 at 3:30pm, the Railroad and Incarcerated Laborer Memorial (RAIL) project will unveil a new monument at Andrew's Geyser in Old Fort. This granite marker memorializes the incarcerated African American laborers who toiled and died constructing the Mountain Division of the Western North Carolina Railroad in the late 1800s. The unveiling ceremony […]

WNCHA Lectures: Beacon Blanket Mill

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The Western North Carolina Historical Association concludes our month of labor history programming Thursday, October 21 at 6PM. Join us (virtually via Zoom) for a presentation on the history of Swannanoa's Beacon Blanket mill from writer and director Rebecca Williams. The Beacon Blanket mill was once billed as the "largest blanket manufacturer in the world." […]

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And the creek don’t rise: a history of floods in WNC

Zoom Webinar 283 Victoria Road, Asheville

Join the Friends of the East Asheville Library to learn about the history of flooding in Western North Carolina with Anne Chesky Smith, director of the WNC Historical Association. For more information or to register:

WNCHA Presents: 1874 Illustrations for “The Land of the Sky”

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A virtual event exploring the illustrations of the famous Land of the Sky novel by Frances Tiernan Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association Thursday, November 4 at 6pm as we bring you this special event via Zoom. History shouldn’t be boring. W.L. Sheppard’s illustrations for Frances Tiernan’s notable novel are not — illustrating her blockbuster […]

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LitCafé: Dr. Barbara Duncan Presents Living Stories of the Cherokee

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association via Zoom Tuesday, November 9 at 6PM as our LitCafé series continues. Each year, we present the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award recognizing local authors or WNC-focused books which make significant contributions to our understanding of this region. In advance of our 2021 ceremony, we are revisiting the […]

WNCHA Presents: Narrow Gauge Logging Railroads of the Champion Fibre Company

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association on Zoom Tuesday, November 23 at 6PM as we bring you this virtual event featuring guest Gerald (Jerry) Ledford. In 1905, paper manufacturer Peter Gibson Thomson came to western North Carolina in search of pulpwood and a suitable location for a mammoth pulp mill that would provide pulp […]

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VIRTUAL: Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award Celebration

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The Western North Carolina Historical Association presents the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award Thursday, December 9 from 6:30-8:00PM via Zoom. Originated by the Louis Lipinsky family and now supported by the Ruth Siegel and Jacques Sartisky Foundation and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Board, WNCHA has presented the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award annually for […]

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WNCHA History Hour: African American Music Traditions in WNC

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Dr. William Turner and Dr. Ted Olson discuss African American musical contributions to WNC in this live Zoom webinar. Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, January 13 at 6PM as we kick off our 2022 lineup of programming. This event airs live via Zoom. The mountains of WNC and Appalachia are home […]

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WNCHA Presents: Vaccines and Public Health in WNC – Past and Present

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday January 20 from 6:30-8PM as we bring you this special event. This free program airs live via Zoom and will be recorded. Three historians will discuss past pandemics and public health crises—including smallpox, polio, and the 1918 flu— in WNC and Appalachia. They are joined by […]

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WNCHA History Hour: The Brevard Rosenwald School

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, February 17 at 6PM via Zoom for another program exploring African American education in WNC. We hope you are able to tour the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School with us, but for those unable, or who simply want to learn more, please join us as Betty […]

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WNCHA History Hour – The Buncombe County Remembrance Project

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, February 24 from 6:30-8PM for a special Black History Month program. This event airs live via Zoom and will be recorded. “The Buncombe Community Remembrance Project: Acknowledging, Remembering, and Honoring Lynching Victims” discusses the personal and community trauma inflicted on individuals of color after the Civil […]

WNCHA History Hour – Refugees and Resettlement in WNC

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Join us Tuesday, March 8 from 6:00pm-7:45pm for this special event focusing on past and present refugee and immigrant resettlement in western North Carolina. This event airs live via Zoom and will be recorded. As American forces withdrew from Afghanistan last summer, preparations were already underway to resettle many Afghans in the United States. In this […]

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Cherokee Women in Resistance and Activism: Valleytowns to the Voting Booth

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, March 10 from 6-7PM as we bring you this live Zoom webinar. This event will be recorded. This presentation will focus on a period spanning from the 1830s through the 20th century. While the forced removal of the Cherokee people took place during the winter of […]

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WNCHA History Hour – West End Women: Liquor, Labor, and Love in New Deal Urban Appalachia

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, March 24 at 6PM. This program airs live via Zoom The area of Asheville known today as the River Arts District has not always been such a pleasant neighborhood. For most of the 20th century the community was home to various manufacturing operations and the workers […]

Annual Fundraising Dinner at Historic Fernihurst Mansion

Fernihurst Mansion 70 Fernihurst Drive, Asheville, NC

The Western North Carolina Historical Association invites you to an evening of fine dining with proceeds benefiting historic preservation. The Western North Carolina Historical Association invites you to an evening of fine dining with proceeds benefiting historic preservation. Prepared by the nationally-recognized and award-winning culinary department at A-B Tech, the all-inclusive, five-course gourmet dinner has […]

WNCHA History Hour: The Spirits Still Move Them Documentary Screening

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) as we bring you a special documentary screening, Tuesday, April 5 from 6:30-8PM. This event airs live via Zoom. We will have time for audience questions after the approximately 1-hour film. Most of what we think we know about moonshining history is wrong.  That’s one of the […]

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Annual Meeting: Researching the Lives of Asheville’s Enslaved Population

Zoom Webinar 283 Victoria Road, Asheville

Learn about the often overlooked stories of people who were enslaved in Asheville. Join us at our annual meeting for an update on WNCHA’s progress over the last year, election of trustees to WNCHA’s board, and a presentation by Executive Director Anne Chesky Smith on WNCHA’s effort to research the people who were enslaved by […]

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WNCHA History Hour – Historic Politics of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, April 14 at 6PM as we discuss historic and recent politics of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. This event airs live via Zoom and will be recorded. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), descendants of those who resisted relocation during the 1830s, live and […]

NC 11: Partisanship, Polarization, and Politics in a Mountain District

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, April 21 at 6PM as continue our April programming theme of historic WNC politics. This event airs live via Zoom and will be recorded. The 11th congressional district sits in the Western corner of North Carolina—wedged between North Carolina’s borders with Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia. […]

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Park Day at the Smith-McDowell House

Smith-McDowell House 283 Victoria Rd., Asheville, NC

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) is proud to participate in the American Battlefield Trust’s annual Park Day. On this day, volunteers across the country team up to clean, maintain, and learn about the history of battlefields and site associated with the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War. Our event takes place […]

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WNCHA Hidden History Hikes – Ellicott’s Rock

Bad Creek Trail, Cashiers, NC 28717 Bull Pen Rd, Cashiers, NC

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Saturday, April 30 at 9AM as we hike to Ellicott’s and Governor’s rocks along the Chattooga River. Along the Chattooga River, the states of NC, SC, and GA intersect. From conflicts between Cherokees and white settlers, to the Walton War between Georgia and North Carolina over their […]

WNCHA Hidden History Hikes and Tours: Rumbling Bald Hike

Chimney Rock State Park - Rumbling Bald Access 827 Boys Camp Rd, Lake Lure

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Saturday, May 7 at 10AM as we hike below “Rumbling Bald” Mountain in the Hickory Nut Gorge. In February, 1874, the mountains at the eastern edge of the Hickory Nut Gorge began to tremble, shake, and emit plumes of dust, the day after a local preacher delivered […]

WNCHA History Hour – WWII Axis Detainees in WNC

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, May 12 at 6PM as we discuss the detainment and experience of Axis individuals and families in WNC—specifically at Montreat —in WWII. This event airs live via Zoom and will be recorded. Beginning in early 1942, Axis diplomats, consular staff, and families (particularly Japanese and Germans […]

WNCHA History Hour – Missing History: Jewish Life in Western North Carolina

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, May 19, at 6PM. This program airs live via Zoom. Little has been documented about the Jewish history of Western North Carolina, yet clues are all around us. Jews could be found in many towns including Brevard, Hendersonville, Statesville, Asheville, Rosman, Boone, Blowing Rock, Franklin, Sylva, […]

ReadWNC – Even As We Breathe

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Introducing our ReadWNC series! Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) for three virtual events. 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 and bring your own questions to the discussion. You can find all […]

“Queer Voices of the Past and Present”: Documenting, Remembering, and Celebrating LGBTQ Lives in Western North Carolina

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, June 2 at 6PM as we kick off our month of Pride and LGBTQ+ history programming. This event airs live via Zoom. West of Asheville there has been little research on LGBTQ history or activism. Just last year, Dr. Travis Rountree and colleagues from Western Carolina […]

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WNCHA History Hour – Stories From the LGBTQIA+ Archive of Western NC

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) for this event exploring stories of LGBTQIA+ history and life in and around Asheville. This event airs live via Zoom Thursday, June 16 from 6-7PM and will be recorded. The rich and ongoing history of LGBTQIA+ lives and communities in WNC has been scarcely documented until fairly […]

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Juneteenth History Hike

827 Boys Camp Rd 827 Boys Camp Road, Lake Lure, NC

Join Chimney Rock State Park and the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) on a hike exploring the lives and stories of those enslaved across WNC – particularly here in and around the Hickory Nut Gorge. This event is free and open to the public.  Southern Appalachia is often thought of as a place where […]

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Outstanding Achievement Award Ceremony – The RAIL Project

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

The Western North Carolina Historical Association’s (WNCHA) 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to The Railroad and Incarcerated Laborer (RAIL) Memorial Project for their work telling the story and memorializing the work and sacrifice of the thousands of incarcerated laborers who were forced to build the railroad through our region under brutal conditions. The […]

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WNCHA History Hour: The Skyview Golf Association and Tournament

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Tuesday, July 5 at 6pm for a special History Hour event exploring the history of Asheville’s Skyview Golf Association and tournament. This program airs live via Zoom and will be recorded as well. The Skyview Golf Association was founded in 1959 as a non-profit promoting golf competition […]

WNCHA History Hour: Musical Instruments in WNC

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, July 7 at 6PM as we kick off our month of music history programming. This event airs live via Zoom and will be recorded. From early Native Americans to buskers on modern street corners, music and musical instruments have always been part of the cultural landscape […]

ReadWNC Series – Guests on Earth

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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 and bring your own questions to the discussion. You can […]

WNCHA Hidden History Hikes and Tours: Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Tour

Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Long Ridge Rd, Mars Hill, NC

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Saturday, August 6 at 11AM. This event is free and open to the public. Influenced by the work of Booker T. Washington, in the 1900s, the Julius Rosenwald Fund helped create schools across the American South for African American students. Between 1929-1930, this funding helped construct one […]

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WNCHA History Hour: Asheville’s Black Baseball Teams

Buncombe County Special Collections 67 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) and Buncombe County Special Collections Thursday, August 11 at 6pm for a special History Hour event exploring the history of Negro League baseball teams in Asheville, and the larger influences of these leagues on the Civil Rights movement. This event will be held in person at Buncombe […]

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WNCHA Hidden History Tour – Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School – 2nd Date

Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Long Ridge Rd, Mars Hill, NC

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Saturday, August 20 at 11AM. This event is free and open to the public. Influenced by the work of Booker T. Washington, in the 1900s, the Julius Rosenwald Fund helped create schools across the American South for African American students. Between 1929-1930, this funding helped construct one […]

WNCHA History Hour – Mountain Thunder: Stock Car Racing in Buncombe County

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, August 25 at 6pm for this Zoom presentation on the history of stock cars and short track racing in Buncombe County, NC. This program airs live and will be recorded. This talk will explore the captivating history of the four racetracks (Hollywood in Fairview, Asheville-Weaverville, McCormick Field, […]

WNCHA Hikes With a Historian: Newton Academy and South Asheville Cemeteries

Smith-McDowell House 283 Victoria Rd., Asheville, NC

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) invites you to join us for a special four-part Hikes With A Historian series where we explore the stories of several local cemeteries. Register for individual events, or for all four at a discount. The first tour, Wednesday, September 7 from 10:30AM – 12:30PM takes place in Asheville’s […]

WNCHA Hikes With a Historian: Absalom Dillingham Cemetery Walking Tour

Big Ivy Community Center 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, NC

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) invites you to join us for the second event in our special four-part Hikes With A Historian series where we explore the stories of several local cemeteries. Register for individual events, or all four at a discount. The first tour, Wednesday, September 14 from 11AM – 12:30PM takes […]

WNCHA History Hour: Revisiting The Maya of Morganton

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) for this History Hour presentation Tuesday, September 20 at 6pm via Zoom. This event airs live and will be recorded. 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 […]

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WNCHA Hikes With a Historian: Hot Springs Cemeteries Walking Tour

Hot Springs 64 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) invites you to join us for the third event in our special four-part Hikes With A Historian series where we explore the stories of several local cemeteries. This tour, Wednesday, September 21 from 10AM – 12:30PM takes place in various cemeteries in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Hot Springs […]

WNCHA Hikes With a Historian: Guastavino Estate Ruins and Cemetery Tour

Christmount Conference Center 222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, NC

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Wednesday, September 28 from 11AM – 12:30PM as we conclude our special Hikes With a Historian: Cemeteries tours at the Christmount Christian Assembly in Black Mountain. Renowned architect and builder, Rafael Guastavino and his wife, Francesca, retired to Black Mountain after he completed working on the Biltmore House […]

ReadWNC Series: The Ballad of Frankie Silver

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Our ReadWNC series concludes Tuesday, October 4 with author Sharyn McCrumb discussing 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. We encourage you to read the books in advance and bring your own questions to […]

WNCHA History Hour: Lost Cove, North Carolina

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, October 6 at 6pm via Zoom for this program exploring the lost community of Lost Cove in Yancey County. This event airs live and will be recorded. Lost Cove, North Carolina was once described as where the “moonshiner frolics unmolested.” The small town in Yancey County […]

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WNCHA Hikes With A Historian – Rebels and Loyalists: Mountaineers and the Battle of Kings Mountain

Bradley Nature Preserve Grays Chapel Church Rd, Rutherfordton, NC

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Saturday, October 8 from 10-1PM as we explore the American Revolutionary War in WNC with a guided hike. Many of us are probably at least somewhat familiar with the 1780 battle at Kings Mountain, as well as the legendary “Overmountain Men” who marched across WNC in search […]

WNCHA History Hour: The Lost North Fork Community

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Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Monday, October 17 at 6pm via Zoom for this program exploring the lost North Fork community in Buncombe County. This event airs live and will be recorded. In its heyday, North Fork, located to the northwest of Black Mountain, had a population larger than the nearby City […]

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WNCHA History Hour — From the Balsams and Beyond: Cherokees in WNC

Zoom Webinar 283 Victoria Road, Asheville

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Tuesday, November 1 at 6pm via Zoom for this program exploring Cherokee history and celebrating Native American Heritage Month. This event airs live and will be recorded. For thousands of years and hundreds of generations, Cherokee people have lived in the southern Appalachians, and they are still […]

WNCHA History Hour – Discovering Carl Sandburg

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

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 […]

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