Exhibit Opening Reception for WNHCA Members

On Thursday, February 13 from 4:00 - 6:00pm, WNCHA members are invited to an opening reception for our new exhibit  “North Carolina in the Great War,” which explores state and local contributions to World War I through the stories of the men and women who served. The exhibit is on loan from the North Carolina Department of Natural […]

Free

CANCELED – Historic African American Cemetery Workshop – FREE

Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to join local and state experts from the South Asheville Cemetery Association and North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for a hands-on workshop to learn how to preserve, protect, record, and care for historic cemeteries. Morning sessions include: - Why is this work important? - […]

CANCELED – Annual Fundraising Dinner at Historic Fernihurst Mansion

Fernihurst Mansion 70 Fernihurst Drive, Asheville

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) invites you to an evening of fine dining with all proceeds benefiting historic preservation in our area. The evening begins at 5:30pm with a reception in first floor library of the beautiful and historic Fernihurst Mansion and includes sparkling wine and hors d'oeuvres. Dinner service will begin promptly […]

$75 – $100

POSTPONED – Park Day

This event has been postponed until the Museum reopens to the public. -- The Museum will be CLOSED today while our volunteers are busy dusting, sweeping, raking, vacuuming, brushing...  To volunteer, please contact Elaine Blake at [email protected] or 828-253-9231.

POSTPONED – Living History Day (Thursday)

Smith-McDowell House 283 Victoria Rd., Asheville

This event has been postponed until the fall. To be included on updates specific to this event, please send an email to [email protected] -- Bring your 4th and 5th grade students to one our of Living History Days! Held on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, 2020, historic interpreters will lead students in activities, […]

POSTPONED – Living History Day (Friday)

Smith-McDowell House 283 Victoria Rd., Asheville

This event has been postponed until the fall. To be included on updates specific to this event, please send an email to [email protected] -- Bring your 4th and 5th grade students to one our of Living History Days! Held on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, 2020, historic interpreters will lead students in activities, […]

Lit Cafe – The French Broad with Jim Stokely

Zoom Webinar

Join us for a presentation on and discussion of Wilma Dykeman’s award-winning 1955 book, “The French Broad,” by her son, Jim Stokely. Wilma Dykeman (1920 – 2006) was a writer, speaker, teacher, historian, and environmentalist. Her son, Jim Stokely, President of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy, will speak about his mother and her groundbreaking work. His […]

Free

Paddle: The French Broad River

Amboy Road River Park 180 Amboy Road, Asheville

“For the French Broad is, above all, a region of life, with all the richness and paradox of life. Water, forests, plants, animals, people: thronging here in rare and wonderful variety.” - Wilma Dykeman, The French Broad On Saturday, September 12, the Western North Carolina Historical Association, in partnership with Montreat College’s Outdoor Recreation Studies […]

Lit Cafe – Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography

Zoom Webinar

An icon of the Southern Appalachian region known for books such as Camping and Woodcraft and Our Southern Highlanders, Horace Kephart was instrumental in efforts to create a national park in the Smokies and to establish the Appalachian Trail through North Carolina and Tennessee. This librarian-turned-woodsman had a far-reaching effect on wilderness literature and outdoor […]

Free

Asheville’s Monuments: Past, Present, & Future

Zoom Webinar

Join us via Zoom on Saturday, October 17 at 4:00pm for a virtual symposium focusing on monuments and commemoration in Asheville presented by the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Our city, like many others, is currently wrestling with the meanings and fates […]

Free

Tour: Horace Kephart’s Bryson City

Bryson City Cemetery 80 Hillside Drive, Bryson City

“The richness of the Great Smoky forest has been the wonder and admiration of everyone who has traversed it.” - Horace Kephart, Our Southern Highlanders On Saturday, November 14, the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) and WNCHA Vice President Geoff Cantrell will lead an interpretive walking tour of Kephart’s life in downtown Bryson City. […]

Film Screening: Guardians of Our Troubled Waters

Zoom Webinar

Join us Thursday, December 3 for this virtual film screening event! Award-winning film director David Weintraub has been an oral historian and filmmaker for over 20 years. His films have appeared on PBS stations around the country and at film festivals around the world. Weintraub’s latest documentary Guardians of Our Troubled Waters, tells the story […]

Free

VIRTUAL: Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award Celebration

Zoom Webinar

Originated by the Louis Lipinsky family and now also supported by Michael Sartisky, PhD, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee, we have presented the annual Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award since 1955 for printed works that focus special attention on Western North Carolina. The December 16, 2020 award ceremony will celebrate six finalists for […]

Film Screening: Julian Price Documentary

Zoom Webinar

Join us Thursday, January 14 for a virtual film screening of "Julian Price: Envisioning community. Investing in people." with director Erin Derham. ‘Julian Price’ is a must-see for anyone who loves living in or visiting Asheville and solidifies Derham’s status as an elite filmmaker.” —Edwin Arnaudin for the Asheville Citizen-Times Julian helped start the movement of […]

Free