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The Allen School: Educational Opportunity for African Americans in Asheville

The Allen School: Educational Opportunity for African Americans in Asheville Did you know that between 1887 and 1974 Asheville was home to a private school created specifically for the education of members of the black community? The school’s genesis can … Continue reading

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Oteen at One Hundred

A century ago, with the United States and other nations involved in The Great War, improvements to existing American military hospitals were underway.  New facilities were built across the country to train army medical personnel and to provide care and … Continue reading

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Looking Back at 2017: Recapping the Happenings

As 2017 draws to a close, it provides a fine opportunity to look back and reflect on all that has happened at the Western Regional Archives (WRA) during the year. Topping the list was the celebration of our 5th anniversary … Continue reading

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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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