Seeking former teachers at Asheville-Biltmore CollegeClark Adams, a member of the English faculty at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, is seeking information on the following list of faculty who are still living and may have taught when the college was "on the mountain" at Seely's Castle during the years 1949 - 1961. The college operated under that name from 1936 to 1969, when it was consolidated into the state university system. See UNCA Ramsey Library Special Collections'…See More
A nostalgic walk through 1930s Haw Creekby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Haw Creek School that replaced Bell’s church-funded school in the 1920s. I took a walk down Haw Creek Road the other day—in the year 1936—and I got to hear some folks talking. I wasn’t sure of my way around, so I…See More
Dr. Gordon McKinney and Dr. Steve Nash will describe and analyze the attempt to recreate the social, political and economic world after the Civil War in western North Carolina. Special emphasis will be placed on racial adjustment, improving transportation and the development of the Appalachian stereotype. Sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Open to the public, admission to members of WNCHA and OLLI is free. $5.00 for…See More
Connie Regan-Blake, renowned Appalachian storyteller, will perform “Taking a Leap: An Evening of Connie’s Stories” on Sunday June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Hawk and Ivy Bed and Breakfast in Barnardsville, NC, twenty minutes north of Asheville. Persons interested in learning or developing the craft of storytelling can also attend a workshop entitled “Opening Doors: A Storytelling Workshop Exploring Memories” at 3:00-5:30. Workshop fee is $40 before June 21 and $55 after. Fee includes both events.…See More
St. John's Episcopal Church Women in Marion will host a book signing and reception in celebration of Julia Nunnally Duncan's new book Barefoot in the Snow. The event will be held at St. John's Parish House in the great hall during Coffee Hour (approximately 11:30 a.m.) on Sunday, June 23,and the public is cordially invited. See More
Twilight of a Neighborhood is an ongoing project exploring the dramatic impact of urban renewal in Asheville's historic East End neighborhood. What was life like in the East End before urban renewal? How did urban renewal change the neighborhood? How were families and businesses affected? The truest and best history of any community is found in the memories of its members. We need your pictures and stories to help us bring to light and preserve the untold history of the East End during this period.
Mrs. Lucille Fletcher Miller donates East End painting
August 5, 2008
Mrs. Lucille Fletcher Miller has donated a 1957 painting of the East End to the
N.C. Collection at Pack Memorial Library. Mrs. Miller is the daughter of Clyde
and Janie Fletcher. The family lived on Sassafras St. in the East End in the
1940s and 1950s.
The painting, entitled “Gay Colors on Mountain St.”, is of interest as only the
second known artistic representation of the old East End. Painted by Ruth
Feldman, wife of the late Dr. Leon Feldman, it depicts the Mountain St./Pine St.
area. Mrs. Feldman gave the painting to Mrs. Miller during the course of a
friendship and working relationship that lasted over 37 years, until Mrs.
Feldman’s death in 2005.
The painting was created while Mrs. Feldman was taking a class in the City
Building. The class observed the East End neighborhood from the windows of the
City Building, then went into East End to sketch.
Mrs. Miller recalls Mrs. Feldman’s comment about the brightly colored homes
depicted in the painting: Our instructor told us, “These are happy people, so
don’t use drab colors!”
Mrs. Miller, who has had the painting for over 20 years, says, “I was holding on
to this painting because of the history it represents. When I saw the article
about Thelma Porter’s store and the library’s East End project, I knew I had
found the right place for this painting!”