The only historical image of Shiloh? 52 Weeks, 52 Communities.

When I went searching our database for sources to write this edition of 52 Weeks, 52 Communities I had one thought when the results came back: “This cannot be it.” Alas, this seems to be the only historical image of the Shiloh Community in the North Carolina Collection here at Pack Memorial Library. "Shiloh Baptist … Continue reading The only historical image of Shiloh? 52 Weeks, 52 Communities.

Welkom Bij Het Dorp Enka! 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

In the late 1920’s a group of Asheville investors, boosters, and executives (including Fred Seely, son in law of the late E.W Grove) hatched a plan to lure one of the world’s most progressive burgeoning industries to western North Carolina. Established in the early 1920s after the discovery of the scientific process for creating “artificial … Continue reading Welkom Bij Het Dorp Enka! 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

Remembering the Kenhurst Lodge on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway

Remembering the Kenhurst lodge North Carolina Room Friend Cliff Lively is the current resident of the stately home on Elk Mountain Highway that was known for 30 years as Kenhurst Lodge.   We thank Mr. Lively for lending the Library his collection of material relating to the Lodge, including guests' letters, brochures, guest book, guest registers, and a … Continue reading Remembering the Kenhurst Lodge on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway

Event: A Local Artist’s Lifetime of Work Gets Digitized By an Digital Historian

Saturday September 15, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:30 An Artist's Work Gets Digitized With Art Historian and Digital Archivist Erin Dickey & Local Artist Connie Bostic Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium, Lower Level All events are free and open to the public. Light appetizers will be served. As a Fellow in the Learning from Artists' … Continue reading Event: A Local Artist’s Lifetime of Work Gets Digitized By an Digital Historian

Incredible New Collections for the North Carolina Room

We've been so busy processing special collections, we haven't been very good at letting you know what is new in the North Carolina Room. Donations are the life-blood of our collection, and we are so appreciative to our donors and to those who help push collections our way. And the variety of these new collections … Continue reading Incredible New Collections for the North Carolina Room

Our Neighbors to the East (North, South & West)

The North Carolina Collection at Pack isn’t solely focused on Asheville and Buncombe County. The collection offers a wealth of information and images from many other parts of Western North Carolina. Looking for something related to Canton or Haywood County; Tryon or Polk County? How about our neighbor to the east, the town of Marion … Continue reading Our Neighbors to the East (North, South & West)

G. O. Shepherd Sr., Mover and Shaker

Gaylord Oscar (G.O.) Shepherd Sr. settled in Asheville in 1919. At age 24, his arrival was well timed as the city began a decade of rapid growth, ripe for the energies of a young man with ambition. Through hard work  he became, according to the Asheville Citizen, "one of the leading advertising agents in the state."  Yet advertising was … Continue reading G. O. Shepherd Sr., Mover and Shaker

A Whole Lot of History in This Photograph

I was looking through a stack of photographs in the collection we received from the Patton/Parker family after the death of Mary Parker. This photograph intrigued me. The writing on the back of the photo upped my intrigue. I wasn't familiar with any of the names. The Ravenel family lived at 2 Short Street in Biltmore. Short Street became Kitchen Place … Continue reading A Whole Lot of History in This Photograph