Culture festival features film about mountain eldertsfrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College. The festival will feature three films, including the world premiere of a new film, The Land Still Speaks to Us which includes the voices of mountain elders throughout WNC. There will also be music by local…See More
IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville. “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes. I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance. Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it. To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
Hello "The Read on WNC" readers: I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series. This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story. Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used…See More
"That East Tennessee Christian Association of Friends comment, especially bothered me, but it clarifies the view some folks from outside the region have about us even to this day. … average intelligence...below that of colored…"
The Rosman Historical Association will offer a tour of the historic Old Toxaway Baptist Church Upper Cemetery located on Old Toxaway Road (from Rosman, go out Highway 178 until you see Old Toxaway Road on the right. Signs will be posted at the cemetery).As part of the tour, participants will be given a copy of the cemetery tour book...Where Our Ancestors Rest - A Written & Photographic Tour of Old Toxaway Baptist Church Upper Cemetery. Book one of the "Where Our Ancestors Rest" series. The…See More