When you think of Biltmore Forest the first thing that comes to mind is probably a sea of early 20th century wealthy white golfers. In this week's edition of 52 Weeks, 52 Communities we're sharing an Oral History from our archives that sheds light on the construction of Biltmore Forest by African American workers. Take a look … Continue reading Building Biltmore Forest: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities
Edith Clarke Moore (1875-1952) was a native of Texas and married Matthew Van Moore in 1892. They moved from Knoxville to Asheville in 1895. Mr. M. V. Moore was the founder and operator of the M.V. Moore and company in Asheville. The clothing store on Patton Avenue was known of as the Men's Outfitters. … Continue reading Edith Clarke Moore and Her Friend Gutzon Borglum
I bought this silhouette of an unknown gentleman many years ago. It's pasted onto what is known as a trade card. Trade cards were often distributed by businesses, in this case an artist's business, as an early form of advertising. Trade cards, like postcards, have their ardent collectors. There are a few other trade cards … Continue reading A “Shadow” Mystery
Title: “The Early Days of Coxe Avenue” Rich Mathews Wednesday April 25, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium on lower level. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. If you've heard Rich Mathews talk about Asheville history, you know you won't want to miss … Continue reading Event: “The Early Days of Coxe Avenue” with Rich Mathews
Mention Paradise Chinese Restaurant, The Hot Shot, or The Silver Dollar and folks of a certain age (including yours truly) can wax eloquent on southern-fried chicken at the Paradise or after-the-bars-closed biscuits and gravy breakfasts at the Hot Shot. I think I might have enjoyed the menu in the paneled interior of Jimmie’s Waffle Shop … Continue reading Jimmie’s Waffle Shop
JUST A LITTLE FRIENDLY REMINDER: Monumental Decisions: The Legacy and Future of Civil War Markers in Our Public Spaces Monumental Decisions: The Legacy and Future of Civil War Markers in Our Public Spaces Date: Saturday February 3rd Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Where: Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium, lower level. This event is free … Continue reading
Do you prefer to live in a segregated city? What could you do to change that? Would you seek out some people of the opposite race to go to dinner with--an idea, I believe, from Date My City? If enough of us did that, would it change what is happening in our city? If we … Continue reading How Black and White is Asheville?
Monumental Decisions: The Legacy and Future of Civil War Markers in Our Public Spaces Date: Saturday February 3rd Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Where: Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium, lower level. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room Like any local history room, … Continue reading Event. Monumental Decisions: The Legacy and Future of Civil War Markers in Our Public Spaces
Bricks and the Buildings They Made Exhibit at Pack Memorial Library on the main floor includes real bricks! This exhibit from the North Carolina Room will be on view through January. . . Downtown shopping or seeing the sights with family? Stop in and check it out. Kids will love it. Little is known about brick manufacturers … Continue reading The Most Beautiful Brick I’ve Ever Seen!