LitCafe: Mary Burnette presents Lige of the Black Walnut Tree

Zoom Webinar 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC

LitCafe: Mary Othella Burnette presents Lige of the Black Walnut Tree For the fourth installment of this year's LitCafe series, we are very excited to bring you author and local native Mary Othella Burnette who will present her recently published memoir Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia. This virtual […]

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WNCHA 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award Ceremony

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WNC Historical Association presents Outstanding Achievement Award to Ann Miller Woodford The WNCHA 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to Ann Miller Woodford for her work preserving and promoting the history of African American people in far western North Carolina, on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30pm via Zoom. The live Zoom webinar is free […]

WNCHA Annual Meeting

Zoom Webinar 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC

Join us on Wednesday, May 19 at 5:00pm for our annual meeting. This year's meeting will be held via Zoom and will include updates on the Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Smith-McDowell House as well as the election of WNCHA officers and trustees. The meeting is open to the public. Only current, dues-paid […]

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WNCHA Outdoor Experiences: Hickory Nut Gap Hike

Hickory Nut Gap NC

Join us Saturday, May 22 as WNCHA leads a hike in the historic Hickory Nut Gap. In this exclusive hike, on a trail section not yet open to the public, we will explore the history of this area as a boundary and barrier, as well as a route connecting various people and places. Native Americans, […]

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

Zoom Webinar 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC

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. […]

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LitCafé: Dale Neal on Appalachian Book of the Dead

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Join us (virtually) for another installment of LitCafé as author Dale Neal discusses his writing and most recent work Appalachian Book of the Dead, a finalist for the 2020 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The event kicks off at 6pm. Like all of our virtual programs, this event will be recorded and available for you […]

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WNC History Lecture Series: Sites of Resistance

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For the fifth installment in our Intro to WNC Lecture Series, we are joined by two researchers and historians who will present on sites of African American history and resistance here in western North Carolina. Ronnie Pepper will discuss his research into the Kingdom of Happy Land, demonstrating the importance of viewing it from an […]

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LitCafé: Historic Tales of Sylva and Jackson County w Jim Buchanan

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Our LitCafé series continues as author and WNCHA board member Jim Buchanan discusses his recently-published work Historic Tales of Sylva and Jackson County. His book was a nominee for the 2020 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Join us Tuesday, July 13 at 6pm for this virtual event. The Author: A Jackson County native, Sylva-Webster and Western Carolina […]

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Building a Historic Cemetery Community

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Your cemetery has an important story! How do you expand your reach, develop community buy-in, and build the public and professional relationship you need? Join the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, and the South Asheville Cemetery Association for a FREE evening online workshop featuring professionals and community […]

WNC History Lecture Series: Literature and Stereotypes

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All good things must come to an end. On Thursday, July 29, Dr. Erica Abrams Locklear of UNCA will conclude our Intro to WNC Lecture Series with a discussion of literature and stereotypes of western North Carolina and Appalachia. From traveler accounts and color writers, to stereotyped hillbillies and a romanticized land, this presentation examines […]

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WNCHA Outdoor Experiences: The Buncombe Turnpike

Palmetto Trail Anders Road, Zirconia, NC

Ready to hit the old dusty trail and explore the history of the Buncombe Turnpike? Join us Saturday, August 7 as special guest Lauren May of the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site partners with the Western North Carolina Historical Association to lead a hike in the historic Saluda Gap. This area was the southern terminus […]

Shiloh, Past and Present

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Join us (virtually) on Thursday, August 12 at 6:30pm as we bring you a multi-generational discussion of Asheville's historic Shiloh community. We are joined by a special moderator—Jefferson Ellison of JAWBREAKING Creative. Founded by newly freed people after the Civil War, Shiloh is one of Asheville’s oldest historically Black communities. Due to construction of the Biltmore […]

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CANCELLED: Exhibit Opening Reception and Pickin’ in the Parlor

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

Due to the weather forecast and rising COVID cases in Buncombe County we are canceling this event. So sorry for the inconvenience. Stay safe! Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association for a reception marking the official opening of the exhibit, "Unearthing Our Forgotten Past: Fort San Juan," on Wednesday, August 18 from 5:30 - […]

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LitCafé: Anne Chesky Smith Presents Murder at Asheville’s Battery Park Hotel

Zoom Webinar 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC

Join us live via Zoom Tuesday, August 24 at 6PM for a special LitCafé event. WNCHA Executive Director Anne Chesky Smith will discuss her new book Murder at Asheville's Battery Park Hotel: The Search for Helen Clevenger's Killer, out July 26. In 1936, Helen Clevenger's uncle discovered her bloodied body crumpled on the floor of […]

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LitCafé: Peter Barr Presents Exploring North Carolina’s Lookout Towers

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LitCafé continues Tuesday, September 7 at 6PM. We are joined by Peter Barr who will discuss his recently-published book, Exploring North Carolina's Lookout Towers: A Guide to Hikes and Vistas. This event airs live and will be recorded as well. As usual, we will hold a Q&A session following Peter's presentation. About the Author: Peter […]

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WNCHA Outdoor Experiences: Paddle the French Broad

Amboy Road River Park 180 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC

“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 11, the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA), in partnership with Montreat College’s Outdoor Recreation […]

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Guastavino Marker Dedication

Christmount Conference Center 222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, NC

Join the Guastavino Alliance, Swannanoa Valley Museum, and Western North Carolina Historical Association on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 10:30 am for the unveiling and dedication of a new NC Highway Historical Marker recognizing Rafael Guastavino’s vault and dome tile work and marking the site of his Black Mountain estate, Rhododendron. After the dedication, we'll […]

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WNCHA Outdoor Experiences: Big Ivy Historical Park

Big Ivy Historical Park 550 Dillingham Rd, Barnardsville, NC

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association Saturday, September 25 at 11am as we tour the Big Ivy Historical Park. NOTE: The planned hiking portion of this outing to Little Snowball Mountain is suspended unless road access and trail conditions improve. As of 9/1/21, we plan to offer only the tour of the historical park […]

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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, NC

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, NC

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 1 University Heights, Asheville, NC

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 […]