Throughout the year, WNCHA hosts select panel discussions on timely, community topics. The recordings of these events are free to view here below.

Be sure to check our event calendar for these upcoming special programs.

While these events are free, please consider making a donation if you are able. All donations support our Community-Funded Ticket Program, which provides no cost tickets to our other live events to those who could not afford to attend otherwise.

WNCHA 2022 Annual Meeting                                                                                                                                                  April 6, 2022

In this special 1-hour annual WNCHA meeting, our executive director Anne Chesky Smith discusses ongoing research into the lives of people enslaved by the Smith and McDowell families, as well as strategies and resources for reserching those enslaved elsewhere. You can find and read more about this research at

Refugees and Resettlement in WNC                                                                                                                                            March 8, 2022

In this 1.5-hour webinar, five speakers discuss past and present refugee, evacuee, and immigrant resettlement in western North Carolina. Rev. Dr. Kevin Frederick discusses the Waldensians who settled near Morganton and founded Valdese in the 1890s. Katy Clune shares her first-hand research and interviews with Laotion families who settled in the foothills following the Vietnam War. Jesse Boeckermann and Noele Aabye of Catholic Charities address the ongoing resettlement of Afghan evacuees in WNC and the challenges they face. Lastly, Oksana Love, who emigrated from Lviv, Ukraine with her family to Asheville in 2001 shares her personal story, made all the more wrenching by the current war on Ukraine.

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Vaccines and Public Health in WNC: Past and Present
January 20, 2022

In this special two-hour event, three historians discuss previous epidemics, pandemics, and public health campaigns in WNC and Appalachia. They include the 1918 flu, smallpox, and polio, as well as the community and government efforts to combat these crises. They are followed by an immunologist and a virologist—both professors of biology at Appalachian State University— who present information on Covid-19 variants as well as data on lives saved by the current vaccines.

Shiloh, Past and Present
August 12, 2021

In this 1.5-hour event, Anite White Carter and Maria “Ria” Young, both natives of Asheville’s historically Black Shiloh community, discuss the history, challenges, and ongoing resident-led efforts in this neighborhood. Ms. Carter traces the history of the area, from its establishment as a place for newly-free people after the Civil War, through the loss of land during construction of the Vanderbilt mansion, up to its present state. Ms. Young, a talented filmaker, shares her short feature “The Power of Our Village” and explains her own identity as a Shiloh native.

Asheville’s Monuments: Past, Present, and Future
October 17, 2020

In this special 1.5-hour webinar, Dr. Steven Nash, Dr. Dwight Mullen, and Dr. Fitzugh Brundage provide context in advance of the City of Asheville’s decision to remove the Zebulon Vance monument from Pack Square. Dr. Nash discusses the life and beliefs of the controversial politician. Dr. Mullen discusses the influence of the monument on Black Ashevillians and the choices before the city. Dr. Brundage provides larger context on controversial monuments and historical memory.