Monthly Archives: March 2017

Women’s History Month: Lillian Exum Clement

“Asheville Lady is Now Lawyer,” was the headline that ran in the Asheville Gazette when Lillian Exum Clement passed the bar exam in 1916, the fourth woman in the Tar Heel State to achieve such a distinction. But her law … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month: Remembering Moms Mabley

Wearing a floppy hat and a colorful housecoat, Moms Mabley seemed to come out of nowhere when she appeared on television in the 1960s—an overnight comedic sensation. But Mabley’s journey to stardom took over 40 years and began in the … Continue reading

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WRA Receives Ogden Drawings

  The Western Regional Archives recently received a collection of articles and color drawings by renowned landscape architect, Doan Ogden. Ogden, whose influence can be seen across western North Carolina, opened up a practice in Asheville in 1952. Although he … Continue reading

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Lady Bird Visits Land of the Sky

Fifty years ago, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, wife of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, arrived at Asheville Airport as part of a three-state tour through Appalachia. Described as “an adventure in learning,” Mrs. Johnson was eager to see improvements … Continue reading

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