I’m Katherine, a born-and-raised member of the Leicester, NC community where I reside with my husband and dogs. We both grew up in the small Dix Creek loop where it seems like everyone has known everyone since time began. The big flock of turkeys has been there that long, too.
I grew up fishing on the French Broad river and its tributaries, wading deep in the water with my father to hook a trout at Mills River, or Bent Creek. Sometimes we made it to the Oconoluftee and the smaller Raven’s Fork stream on the Qualla Boundry. My love of this part of the world and history itself was fostered during the fishing trips I took with my father. He is always trying to learn something new, and he loves to share his knowledge with me. I try to soak up as much as I can, but more than anything he taught me the thrill of learning something new and broadening my knowledge of my region, its people, and its past.
I hold a B.A in History from the University of North Carolina, Asheville where I focused my studies on the Antebellum South, specifically Southern Appalachia and western North Carolina. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in Liberal Studies at UNC Asheville where I am continuing to focus on the history and culture of Western North Carolina, as well as taking some courses in media and society and political science. My research has since June of this year has centered on the Swannanoa Valley since I took the position of Assistant Director of the Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain. I am also involved in local political organizations and serve on the African American Heritage Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County. If you would like more details about my professional experience please take a look at my resume.
I think it is important for people to understand their past, and I believe that our history can teach us a lot about our present. I want to use history as a tool to examine contemporary problems and improve our future.