A Tribute to the Faculty of Stephens-Lee

 Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 6pm at The Stephens-Lee Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave, Asheville, NC


Fairview’s Early History

September 11, 2018, at the Fairview Branch Library (1 Taylor Road, Fairview, NC)

A presentation by Fairview Town Crier columnist Bruce Whitaker on the history of the Fairview community.  This is the second of a two-part history.  Part 1, delivered earlier in the year but not recorded, discussed Fairview leading up to the Civil War.  In Part 2 he talks about Fairview in late 19th and early 20th century, with entertaining anecdotes and stories told him by former generations of Fairview residents who lived through those times.  Sponsored by Friends of the Fairview Library.

Oral History Interview with John Penley

August 2018.  Interviewers: Zoe Rhine and Joe Newman

James E. Penley was principal of South French Broad Junior High during integration in Asheville.  James’s son John Penley shares his memories of growing up in Asheville and Western NC in the 1960s and 1970s.

“Family Feud:  The Bitter Battle Between E. W. Grove and Fred Seely for the Grove Park Inn

June 28, 2017.  Presenter:  Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson brought humor to the drama-filled saga of a local institution, mixing local and national history with a little intrigue and family history.

“Made with the Simplest of Tools: Appalachian Rustic Style

May 31, 2017.  Presenter:  Lynne Poirier-Wilson

A retired Museum Curator and Administrator, Lynne Poirier-Wilson has worked in museums in eastern PA and western NY, and was curator with the Asheville Art Museum. Lynne has a fond affection for anything rustic and has written several articles on rustic art and furnishings.

“Mountain Scenery:  Discovering WNC from the 1850s, Asheville, Ancestors, and Immortality”

April 26, 2017.  Presenter: Elizabeth “Liz” Colton, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Colton, president and CEO of EO Colton & Associates Global Collaboration consulting firm based in Asheville and Washington, DC, spoke about the book, Mountain Scenery: The Scenery of the Mountains of Western North Carolina and Northwestern South Carolina which was written by her ancestor Henry E. Colton and published in 1859.

“Greetings from Asheville:  Postcards in the North Carolina Collection

March 29, 2017.  Presenter: Terry Taylor

Terry Taylor presented a visual potpourri of postcards taken from the North Carolina Collection. The program was a lively, colorful view of Asheville through the decades, with plenty of amusing stories along the way.

“Politics & Civic Engagement”

September 28, 2016.  Moderators:  Leslie Anderson, Becky Anderson

Citizen engagement in 1980s Asheville generated projects with lasting influence: from shaping the City’s comprehensive plan, to volunteering at a new festival, Bele Chere; from healing attempts over the Strouse-Greenberg referenda, to the launch of big projects involving hundreds of volunteers such as Pack Place Arts, Education and Science Center, the Urban Trail, and the re-emergence of the YMI.

The panel and other participants — including former elected and appointed government officials, and key volunteers and activists — told the story themselves in this lively discussion.

“New Housing & Old Buildings”

August 31, 2016.  Moderators:  Kevan Frazier, Erin Derham

The expansion of housing in the Central Business District would come to be one of the key elements of Asheville’s Renaissance. The tax credits these pioneers utilized saved many of downtown Asheville’s architectural gems. Meanwhile, other older housing stock was being taken down displacing many long-time residents.  This program explored the intertwining of the physical and cultural transformation of downtown Asheville in the 1980s.

“A Look at The Arts”

July 27, 2016.  Moderators:  Phyllis Lang, Deborah Austin

Fourth in the “Asheville in the 1980s” series of evening programs sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room, this was a look at how the arts — including music, dance, visual arts, theater, poetry, crafts — developed in Asheville in the 1980s.  Read a little more about the event at “Asheville in the 1980s: A Look at the Arts.

“Social Activism & Social Agencies”

June 29, 2016.  Moderators:  Ann Von Brock, Ellen Clarke

This event was third in the “Asheville in the 1980s” series of evening programs sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room.  Read more about this event at the post “Social Activism & Social Services: Lives Built Around Serving Others

“Downtown Businesses & Restaurants”

May 25, 2016.  Moderator:  Rob Pulleyn

Second in the “Asheville in the 1980s” series of evening programs sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room.  Read more about this event at the post “1980s Business Owners Speak.”

“Save Downtown Asheville” and “the Wrap”

April 27, 2016.  Moderators: Jan Schochet, Wayne Caldwell and Peggy Gardner

The North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library kicked off with a full house the first of a six part series, “Asheville in the 1980s: A Formative Decade Told by Those Who Shaped It” on Wednesday evening April 27. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room.

The April program delved into the 1980s effort to save eleven acres of downtown Asheville from the wrecking ball.  See also the post:  “People Flocked to “Save Downtown Asheville & The Wrap.”

“Let’s talk about Anthony Lord”

August 28, 2014.

Friends of Anthony Lord gathered to discuss his art and life at this event hosted in the Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library.

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