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Cranberry Capers

Did you know that wild cranberries, Vaccinium macrocarpon, can be found in boggy areas across western North Carolina? The species has been documented in Alleghany, Watauga, and Haywood counties. The trailing shrub produces four-petaled pale pink flowers during the summer … Continue reading

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Blackbeard: A Brief Biography

Note: This piece is published in conjunction with the exhibit,  Blackbeard 300: Commemorating North Carolina’s Rich Maritime History, on display at the Western Office of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources November 6, 2017 – January 6, 2018, Monday … Continue reading

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Between the Queen City & the Land of the Sky: Bus Service from Charlotte to Asheville

In November 1922, several North Carolina newspapers ran headlines announcing a new bus service linking two major commercial centers. Asheville’s Kenilworth Transportation Company (later known as the Asheville Transportation Company) had plans for a route between that city and Charlotte … Continue reading

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Rampant Jollity: Singing Conventions in Western North Carolina

One hundred years ago, on September 30, 1917, thousands gathered in Hendersonville for the annual all-day Singing Convention held at the Henderson County Courthouse. All sections of the county were represented and a choir from almost every church performed. “The … Continue reading

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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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