We Want Spring Holidays!: The Asheville Normal and Teachers College Strike of 1937

On International Women’s Day 2017, various groups celebrated in different ways all around the globe, acknowledging women and their achievements throughout history and in the present. The organizers of January's massively successful “Women’s March on Washington” planned the “Day Without a Woman” women’s strike.  Although it is not expected to capture as much attention as … Continue reading We Want Spring Holidays!: The Asheville Normal and Teachers College Strike of 1937

Jarvis Buxton Jr., The Freedman’s Chapel and St. Matthias Episcopal Church

St. Matthias Episcopal church is one of the most historic churches in all of North Carolina. Situated on a hill top in Asheville’s historically African American East End community, the church began its services as a historically African American church in 1865 as a part of Trinity Episcopal Church under the leadership of Jarvis Buxton … Continue reading Jarvis Buxton Jr., The Freedman’s Chapel and St. Matthias Episcopal Church

(Just a few) African American History Resources

February is Black History Month, so here on the blog we’d like to share with you some of the major resources we use when researching the African American History of Asheville and Buncombe County. African Americans have made significant contributions to the history and culture of our region in areas from business ownership to art … Continue reading (Just a few) African American History Resources

Review: Thomas Wolfe’s “Welcome to Our City”

Asheville seems to get obsessed with particular things… Beer, farm-to-table food, music and art festivals, growth and progress, and of course our most beloved native son, Thomas Wolfe. We cling to these things and flaunt them to visitors as evidence of our unique character and artsy vibe. As for Tom, well, I think he would … Continue reading Review: Thomas Wolfe’s “Welcome to Our City”

Community Event: Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center Hosts Appalachian History & Culture Book Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Appalachian History Book Club Begins at Swannanoa Valley Museum on Feb. 10 BLACK MOUNTAIN, North Carolina (January 26, 2017) - The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center will begin hosting a free book club once a month beginning Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:30 am at the museum. The year-long series will … Continue reading Community Event: Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center Hosts Appalachian History & Culture Book Club

William Dudley Pelley: An American Fascist

On January 31, 1933, the day after Adolf Hitler took control of Germany, Massachusetts-born novelist and journalist, William Dudley Pelley, founded the Silver Legion of America, more commonly known as the Silver Shirts. At first glance, he did not seem to be on track to become a leading voice for anti-Semitism and bigotry, however by … Continue reading William Dudley Pelley: An American Fascist