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Preserving the Past: Black Asheville History Project Cultural Archive Reboots


A community-driven history harvesting initiative kicked off in 2018 and sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic will return to its archiving efforts this summer. The Black Asheville History Project (BAHP) aims to ensure that the historical resources available in Buncombe County Special Collections (BCSC) are more representative of the region’s African American population. BCSC and Communications & Public Engagement (CAPE) are excited to host an informational luncheon at the East Asheville Library on Friday May 20, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. that will serve to relaunch BAHP.

The public is invited to connect with community elders, stakeholders, and other interested parties as BCSC gears up for local history programs throughout the summer and fall. New programs include opportunities for community members to learn about preserving and donating their materials as well as the launch of BCSC’s “Archivist in a Backpack” program which will allow library card holders to check out a backpack complete with all the supplies required to collect oral histories and other audio.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about BAHP, what has happened over the past two years, share their thoughts on the process, and engage with the process of preserving and collection these important historical records.

Read more about Black Asheville History Project: https://specialcollections.buncombecounty.org/blackavlhistoryproject/

What: Black Asheville History Project Luncheon

When: Friday, May 20, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: East Asheville Library

RSVP: Please contact Rasheeda Hall by May 15 at (828) 772-4528

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