Please join the North Carolina Room for our free monthly program tomorrow evening in Lord Auditorium from 6-7 pm.
“SECRETS OF A MOUNTAIN COVE;
A FAMILY’S LIFE WITH ARCHAEOLOGY”
An Illustrated Essay by Bob Brunk
Light Refreshments will be served.
Bob, his wife Jan, and their two small children moved to a steep mountain farm in 1970. They were interested in the history of their farm and traced five generations of the Gutherie/Fox families back to 1795. A surviving descendent of the Fox family came to visit in 1976, and mentioned that there was Indian pottery in the swamp behind the old house, which led to a full scale, three year archaeology excavation. The pottery was from the Pisgah Phase, 1200-1400 A.D., the last indigenous population prior to European contact.
Bob will read parts of an essay he wrote about this experience; the essay published in the North Dakota Quarterly Review, Spring, 2013.
Robert Brunk was born in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BA in 1963 in History, Art, Music, Goshen College, (Mennonite), Goshen Indiana
1964 Rockefeller Fellow, Princeton Theological Seminary
1965 Social Worker, Hagerstown Maryland, children services MSW (Community Organization), The University of Michigan
Other works: Poverty Program, Asheville, North Carolina, Civil Rights issues
- 1969-1972 Taught Sociology/Anthropology UNC-Asheville
- 1972-1983 Self-employed, woodworker, furniture design
- 1983-2013 Founder and Principle Auctioneer, Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina
- 1997-2000 Published May We All Remember Well: A Journal of the History and Cultures of Western North Carolina, Volume I, II: Volume II, Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award
- 2012-Present, writer, nonfiction essays