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The Stars and Stripes finds home at Western Regional Archives

The Western Regional Archives has received a donation of two bound complete runs of The Stars and Stripes newspaper published between February 1918 and June 1919. They are not originals, but rather facsimile copies created by the American Expeditionary Forces … Continue reading

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WRA Celebrates Five Years!

When Heather South arrived at the Western Regional Archives (WRA) five years ago, she was quickly immersed in the history and culture of the North Carolina mountains and quick to welcome the many researchers who came seeking information.     … Continue reading

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Bill Norwood Papers

New collections have been making their way to the Western Regional Archives. Here is an example of one of our new treasures! Many folks in Asheville still remember Bill Norwood as Mr. Bill on WLOS channel 13. Norwood hosted several … Continue reading

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Fatherless Children of France

The horrific loss of life that occurred during World War I was unprecedented in Western Civilization up until that time. With “new and improved” artillery, warfare evolved from charges on the battlefield to fighting from trenches. Advances were seldom made … Continue reading

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The Brinegar Cabin: Celebrating Log Cabin Day

The Brinegar Cabin, home place of Martin and Caroline Joines Brinegar, is representative of the isolated self-sufficient existence of mountain families during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The couple married in 1878; he was 21 and she was … Continue reading

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A Few Words on Flag Day

June 14 is set aside to honor and fly the American flag, a symbol of our nation. The date was chosen because 240 years ago in 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes—designed by Betsy Ross of Philadelphia, … Continue reading

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Folkmoot U.S.A. Records Finding Aid Now Available Online

Since its inception in August 2012, the Western Regional Archives has received records from several organizations. One collection with an interesting international flare is the Folkmoot U.S.A. Records. Folkmoot is an international dance festival that is held each summer in … Continue reading

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