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Our Racist, Sexist Selves

To my horror, I turn out to be a racist.

The University of Chicago offers an on-line psychological test in which you encounter a series of 100 black or white men, holding either guns or cellphones. You’re supposed to shoot the gunmen and holster your gun for the others.

I shot armed blacks in an average of 0.679 seconds, while I waited slightly longer — .694 seconds — to shoot armed whites. Conversely, I holstered my gun more quickly when encountering unarmed whites than unarmed blacks. Continue reading

Youth OUTright Adds Middle School Group

In the past few months, Youth Outright (YO) has received many inquiries regarding the need for services for middle school aged youth.  In order to meet that need, YO created a new monthly group specifically for middle school aged LGBTQ youth. 

2017The first meeting of this group will be held on May 2, from 11 am – 1 pm at the Youth Outright office, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, downtown Asheville. 

 The first hour of this group will serve as an opportunity for youth and their parents or guardians to meet YO staff and learn more about the organization while helping youth begin to feel comfortable in YO’s space.  At noon, parents and youth will split into two groups.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet with YO staff and a board member.  This will be a safe place for parents to ask questions or to have any concerns addressed. Concurrently, youth will meet with YO staff and facilitators for a discussion and activities focused on rapport building and helping  youth feel comfortable in the YO space.
Any questions?
Youth OUTright, WNC, Inc., a 501c-3, not-for-profit organization, offers discussion groups and social activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, ages 14 through 23. Topics and activities are led by two trained facilitators. Youth OUTright’s mission is to empower LGBTQ youth to be confident and vital members of the greater community. 

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My Daddy Taught Me That

Our Mission

Founded by Keyon Lake, My Daddy Taught Me That… programming combines mentoring and coaching with skill building and training to support at-risk young men without fathers in underserved communities in the Asheville, NC and greater Buncombe County areas.

My Daddy Taught Me That is a program designed for the Development, Uplift, and Education for youth and young males. The focus is to teach these young men how to transition from that young teen adolescent time in their lives into responsible young men; focusing on good decision making, accepting responsibility, and being accountable for their actions.  This will be done through educational group sessions and discussions, hands-on activities and programs, and the introduction to innovative and unique events. (MDTMT) will mentor, build self-esteem, confidence, and eliminate barriers to and exposure of crime, gangs, and drugs, that minority male youth confront in underserved communities in Asheville, NC. This program will play the vital role in transforming young males into our leading MEN of tomorrow. “My Daddy Taught Me That” was created so that every young male would have the opportunity to experience and know firsthand what being a positive male feels like and also to know what productive men do in our society. This program was inspired by Bennie Lake, who dedicated his life working with the youth.  His son, Keynon Lake, founded “My Daddy Taught Me That”, as he wanted every youth and young male to have the experience of knowing what real men do. Real men lead by example, take care of their families, and become community leaders.  Supported by the book     MY DADDY TAUGHT ME THAT, the dream is that every youth and young male can become positive, productive men in the community while knowing from example what it means to be a MAN.

Visit our website:  My Daddy Taught Me That







The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development

Uniting for a Sustainable Future


Humanity faces unprecedented challenges to sustainable life on the planet. We all share a common purpose. Based in Jerusalem, The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) unites faith communities, teachers and leaders to promote co-existence, peace, and sustainability through advocacy, education and action-oriented projects. Read more about the Channels of Action here or to see our Theory of Change diagram, please click here.

Working with numerous foundations, private donors, and clients, ICSD has successfully implemented a range of projects from hosting interfaith environmental conferences to facilitating eco tourism in the Holy Land to conducting faith and ecology workshops for students of religion.  Continue Reading

WNC HISTORY: We Remember – Saving Madison County’s Rosenwald School


The Friends of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School aim to preserve a bit of Madison County’s history. Rosenwald was an African-American school where generations of first through eighth graders gathered and studied. (Pictured: Fatimah Shabazz, right, and Omar McClain)

Cover Photography Credit:  Pat Barcas     Cover Design Credit:  Kathleen Soriano Taylor    Click for the  ONLINE VERSION

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Malala Yousafzai – Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2014

Shared Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2014

Malala Yousafzai S.St (Malālah Yūsafzay, Pashto: ملاله یوسفزۍ[məˈlaːlə jusəf ˈzəj];[1] born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement. Continue reading

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Why Cities Should Care about Family Financial Security

A city is only as strong as the people who live in it. When residents struggle to make ends meet, cities can too.

Over the course of a year, roughly one in four American families at all income levels will lose a job, experience a sharp drop in income, or suffer an injury or illness that limits the ability to work.

“This isn’t just a low-income issue, it’s a middle-income issue, and to some extent, it’s also a high-income issue,” said Caroline Ratcliffe, senior fellow at the Urban Institute.

For families, these income disruptions mean being more likely to miss housing or utility payments, receive public benefits, and, worst-case scenario, be evicted from their homes. Evictions in particular can have long-term effects on families, especially children.

Asheville & Western North Carolina Bibliography

This is a listing of books about Asheville and Western North Carolina. Please feel free to suggest additions or changes to the author:

[Southern railway company] [from old catalog]. The Land of the Sky, Western North Carolina. [New York,: American bank note co., 1914.

Adallis, Dio. Thirtieth Anniversary Historical Brochure of Asheville Greek-American Community. [Asheville? N.C.,, 1935.

Allen, Martha Norburn. Asheville and the Land of the Sky. Rev. and enl. ed. Charlotte,: Heritage House, 1960.

Allen, W. C. North Carolina History Stories. Richmond,: B.F. Johnson publishing company, 1901.

American agricultural and mineral land company. [from old catalog]. Letters and Reports on Western North Carolina. New York,: G. E. Sears, stationer and printer, 1868.

American institute of electrical engineers. [from old catalog]. Papers to Be Presented at 22d… Convention… Asheville, N.C., June, 1905. [n.p.], 1905.

Arnold, L. M., Anna Addams McDonald, and Robert Thomas Newcomb. History of the Origin of All Things, Given by the Lord Thy God through His Holy Medium, L. M. Arnold, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1851. 2 vols. Asheville, N.C.: Biltmore Press, 1936.

Arthur, John Preston. Western North Carolina; a History, 1730-1913. Spartanburg, S.C.,: Reprint Co., 1973.

Arthur, John Preston, and National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of North Carolina. Edward Buncombe Chapter Asheville. Western North Carolina; a History (1730-1913). Raleigh, N.C.,: Edwards & Broughton printing company, 1914.

Ashe, W. W. The Possibilities of a Maple Sugar Industry in Western North Carolina. Winston: M. I. and J. C. Stewart, public printers and binders, 1897.

Asheville N.C. Board of trade. [from old catalog]. Asheville, North Carolina, America’s Beauty Spot. Asheville,: Hackney & Moale co., 1915.

Association of State Floodplain Managers. Conference (14th : 1990 : Asheville N.C.). Challenges Ahead : Flood Loss Reduction Strategies for the 90’s : Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, June 11-15, 1990, Asheville, North Carolina. Boulder, CO

Madison, WI: Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, Institute of Behavioral Science

Association of State Floodplain Managers, 1991.

Bailey, Evelyn Hope. Parkway Playhouse : History of a Western North Carolina Summer Theatre. [Burnsville, N.C.]: E.H. Bailey, 1999.

Ballard, B. Vincent. Tatham Narrative, 1735-1983 : The Tatham Family of South-West Virginia and Western North Carolina. [Cary, N.C.]: B.V. Ballard, 1987.

Ballew, Bill. Baseball in Asheville. Images of Baseball. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004.

—. A History of Professional Baseball in Asheville. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2007.

Barlowe, Texie Horton. The Hortons of Western North Carolina. [Lenoir, N.C.: T.H. Barlowe, 1934.

Barnes, Judy. Coasting the Mountains : A Guide to Western North Carolina. Gretna: Pelican Pub., 2001.

Barnett, John C., and Marian S. Carson Collection (Library of Congress). Circular to the Freedmen of Western North Carolina and Adjoining Districts of South Carolina. [Charlotte, N.C.: Freedmen’s Bureau, 1865.

Bartlett, Richard A. Troubled Waters : Champion International and the Pigeon River Controversy. Outdoor Tennessee Series. 1st ed. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1995.

Battle, Kemp P. The Lord Proprietors of Carolina. [Raleigh,: E.M. Uzzell & Co., printers, 1904.

Bayley, William Shirley. Deposits of Brown Iron Ores (Brown Hematite) in Western North Carolina. Raleigh,: Edwards & Broughton Printing Co., 1925.

Bayley, William S. Magnetic Iron Ores of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Nashville,, 1923.

Bayley, William Shirley, and Tennessee. Division of Geology. Magnetic Iron Ores of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. [Chapel Hill]: North Carolina Geological and economic survey, 1923.

Bell, Lisa, Lynda McDaniel, and Tim Barnwell. Asheville, a View from the Top. 1st ed. Montgomery, Ala.: Community Communications, 1996.

Bennett, David Parker. “A Study in Fiddle Tunes from Western North Carolina.” Thesis (M A ). University of North Carolina., 1940.

Berkowitz, Steven J. On-Site Wastewater Treatment Problems and Alternatives for Western North Carolina. [Raleigh, N.C.]: Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina, 1981.

Beverley, Robert. The Western North Carolina Almanac and Book of Lists. 1st ed. Franklin, N.C.: Sanctuary Press, 1991.

—. The Western North Carolina Almanac and Book of Lists. 2nd ed. Franklin, N.C.: Sanctuary Press, 1993.

Bishir, Catherine W., Michael T. Southern, and Jennifer F. Martin. A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Black, David R., and James Sumner. Historic Architectural Resources of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville, N.C.

Raleigh, N.C.: City of Asheville ;

Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, 1979.

Blackmun, Ora. Western North Carolina, Its Mountains and Its People to 1880. Boone, N.C.: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1977.

Block, Frank E. “Dalton Family of Western Nc.” 2006. Frank E. Block.

—. Johnson, Dalton, Staton of Western North Carolina : Working Paper with Some Account of Arledge, Blackwell, Boone, Capps, Corn, Henderson, Holbert, Lankford, Stover, Walker, and Other Families of Western North Carolina. Atlanta, GA (32 Pointe Terrace, Atlanta 30339): F.E. Block, 1989.

Blue Ridge Bicycle Club (Asheville N.C.). Road Bike Asheville, North Carolina : Favorite Rides of the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club. Almond, N.C.: WMC Pub., 1997.

Boyd, Brian. Waterfalls of the Southern Appalachians : A Viewer’s Guide to 40 Waterfalls of Northern Georgia, Western North Carolina & Western South Carolina. Conyers, GA: Ferncreek Press, 1990.

Boyd, William Kenneth, and Joseph Grégoire de Roulhac Hamilton. A Syllabus of North Carolina History, 1584-1876. Durham, N.C.,: The Seeman printery, 1913.

Brettell, Caroline. Constructing Borders/Crossing Boundaries : Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.

Brookshire, William F. Genealogy: De[S]Cendants of Joel and Nancy Brookshire, Western North Carolina. Lenoir, N.C.,: Smith Print. Co., 1969.

Browder, Nathaniel C. The Cherokee Indians and Those Who Came After : Notes for a History of the People Who Settled Western North Carolina. Hayesville, NC: Browder, 1973.

Brown, W. Vance. A Plan for the General Property Tax as Advocated by the Asheville Board of Trade. [n.p.], 1916.

Brunk, Robert S. May We All Remember Well : A Journal of the History & Culture of Western North Carolina. Ashville, N.C.: Robert S. Brunk Auction Services, Inc., 2001.

Bumgarner, George William, and James Elwood Carroll. The Flowering of Methodism in Western North Carolina. An American Methodist bicentennial ed. Charlotte, N.C.: Commission on Archives and History of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1984.

Buncombe County bar Asheville N.C. [from old catalog], and John P. Arthur. Proceedings of the Bar of Asheville, July 28, 1902, Upon the Death of Honorable Thomas Dillard Johnston; Being the Resolutions Adopted and the Memorial Address. [Asheville? N.C.,, 1902.

Buttitta, Tony. After the Good Gay Times; Asheville, Summer of ’35, a Season with F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York,: Viking Press, 1974.

Camp, Cordelia. Fifty Years of Pioneering in Education : And Some Outstanding Personalities of the Period in Western North Carolina. Asheville, N.C.: A. S. McMillan, 1974.

Campbell, Robert F. Mission Work among the Mountain Whites in Asheville Presbytery, N.C. [n.p.], 1899.

Carter, Ted. Ted Carter’s Vest Pocket History of Asheville and Western North Carolina : For Tar Heels, Originals or Retreads. 2 vols. [s.l.]: T. Carter, 1978.

Caudle, Virginia, and United Methodist Church (U.S.). Western North Carolina Conference. Albemarle District. The History of Peachland United Methodist Church, 1880-1994 : Albemarle District, Western North Carolina Conference, the United Methodist Church. Peachland, N.C.: The Church, 1995.

Chait, William, and Ruth Warneke. A Survey of the Public Libraries of Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina. Chicago,: American Library Association, 1965.

Chapman, Reid, and Deborah Miles. Asheville and Western North Carolina in World War II. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub., 2006.

Chase, Nan K. Asheville : A History. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2007.

Chase, Richard, Herbert Halpert, and Berkeley Williams. The Jack Tales. [Boston]: Houghton Mifflin, 1943.

—. The Jack Tales. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.

Chen, David Y. The Seasonal Tourist Accommodation Industry in Western North Carolina : A Report to Resort Owner/Operators. Greensboro, N.C.: The University, 1976.

Chen, David Y., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University., and United States. Cooperative State Research Service. A Factor Analysis on Perceived Quality of Life in Western North Carolina. Greensboro, N.C.: The University, 1978.

Clark, Elmer Talmage, and Methodist Church (U.S.). Western North Carolina Conference. Methodism in Western North Carolina. [s.l.]: Western North Carolina Conference, Methodist Church, 1966.

Coker, Robert Ervin. New Genus of Darter from Western North Carolina. Washington,: Govt. print. off., 1926.

Collier, Robert. The Asheville Stake Story : One Hundred Fifty Years Growth O. Franklin, NC: Genealogy Publishing Service, 1997.

Colton, Henry E. Mountain Scenery. The Scenery of the Mountains of Western North Carolina and Northwestern South Carolina. Raleigh, N.C.,

Philadelphia,: W.L. Pomeroy;

Hayes & Zell, 1859.

Compton, Stephen C. Early Tourism in Western North Carolina. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004.

Cooper, Susan Fenimore. William West Skiles; a Sketch of Missionary Life at Valle Crucis in Western North Carolina, 1842-1862. New York,: J. Pott & co., 1890.

Cornelius, Wayne L., and North Carolina. Ambient Monitoring Section. Air Quality in Western North Carolina and Surrounding Areas : Recent Annual Trends. [Raleigh, N.C.]: Ambient Monitoring Section, North Carolina Division of Air Quality, 1999.

Craine, Lloyd Bascombe. The First of the Roberts and Crane Families Who Settled in Western North Carolina and Some of Their Descendants. [St. Paul], 1955.

Creecy, Richard Benbury. Grandfather’s Tales of North Carolina History. Raleigh,: Edwards & Broughton, Printers, 1901.

—. Grandfather’s Tales of North Carolina History. North Carolina Heritage Series,. [Spartanburg, S.C.,: Reprint Co., 1965.

Crow, Jeffrey J., and Larry E. Tise. Writing North Carolina History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979.

Deweese, Charles W. The Power of Freedom : First Baptist Church, Asheville, North Carolina, 1829-1997. Franklin, Tenn.: Providence House, 1997.

Dodson, John Dudley, E. C. Pasour, and R. C. Wells. An Economic Adjustment Study of Dairy Farms in Western North Carolina. Economics Information Report. Raleigh,: Dept. of Economics, North Carolina State University, 1971.

Dugger, Shepherd Monroe. The Balsam Groves of the Grandfather Mountain; a Tale of the Western North Carolina Mountains, Together with Information Relating to the Section and Its Hotels, Also a Vocabulary of Indian Names and a List of Altitudes of Important Mountains, Etc. Banner Elk [N.C.]: S.M. Dugger, 1907.

Easterby, James Harold. The Study of North Carolina History. Columbia.: Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1951.

Eggleston. Asheville and Vicinity, a Handbook of Information. Atlanta,: Franklin print. & pub. co., 1897.

Ellison, George. Mountain Passages : Natural and Cultural History of Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2005.

Eubanks, Georgann, and Donna Campbell. Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains : A Guidebook. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Ferrell, Mallory Hope. Tweetsie Country : The East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad. 1st ed. Boulder, Colo.: Pruett Pub. Co., 1976.

Fields, Jay, and Brad Campbell. The Craft Heritage Trails of Western North Carolina. Asheville, N.C.: HandMade in America, 1996.

Finley, William W. The Development of Western North Carolina. [n.p.], 1911.

Fitts, William Thrower. A History of Central Methodist Church, Asheville, North Carolina, 1837-1967. Asheville, N.C., 1968.

Fowler, T. M., and Charles Hart Litho. Asheville, Buncombe Co. N.C. 1912. Passaic, N.J.,, 1912.

Garren, Terrell T. Mountain Myth : Unionism in Western North Carolina. Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Co., Publishers, 2006.

—. The Secret of War : A Dramatic History of Civil War Crime in Western North Carolina. original ed. Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Co., 2004.

Gatchell, Horatio P. Western North Carolina ; Its Agricultural Resources, Mineral Wealth, Climate, Salubrity and Scenery. Milwaukee,, 1870.

Gatchell, H. P., and Edwin A. Gatchell. Western North Carolina; Its Resources, Climate, Scenery and Salubrity. New York,: A. L. Chatterton, 1885.

Gleitsmann, W. Western North Carolina as a Health Resort. Baltimore,: Sherwood & co., 1876.

Gleitsmann, William, and YA Pamphlet Collection (Library of Congress). Mountain Sanitarium for Pulmonary Diseases, Asheville, North Carolina. [Baltimore: W. Gleitsmann, 1875.

Goodloe, Daniel R. The North Carolina and Georgia Boundary. [Raleigh,: E.M. Uzzell & Co., printers, 1904.

Graham, Robert Lee, and Lois Parker Graham. The Keeper of the Parks : Parker Family of Western North Carolina. Morganton, N.C.: R. L. and L.P. Graham, 2007.

Gravatt, Andrea R. The Asheville Alphabet Book. Alexander, NC: WorldComm, 1995.

Gray, Idyl Dial, and Carolina Souvenir Booklet Association. Azure-Lure, a Romance of the Mountains; Souvenir of Asheville and Western North Carolina. Library ed. Asheville, N.C.: Advocate Publishing Co., 1924.

Green, Irv, and Andrea Gross. Handcrafted in the Blue Ridge : Discovering the Crafts, Artisans, and Studios of Western North Carolina. 1st ed. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, 1997.

Greenberg, Sue, and Jan Kahn. Asheville : A Postcard History. Images of America. Dover, N.H.: Arcadia, 1997.

Griffin, Clarence W. Western North Carolina Sketches. Forest City, N.C.,: The Forest City courier, 1941.

Hagebak, Hawk. Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians : Asheville, Nc, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Nc Highcountry. Almond, NC: Milestone Press, 2002.

—. Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians : North Georgia, Western North Carolina, East Tennessee. Almond, NC: Milestone Press, 2001.

Hammond, Mary Ellen, and Jim Parham. Natural Adventures in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. Almond, NC: Milestone Press, 1999.

Harshaw, Lou. Asheville. Asheville, NC: Bright Mountain Books, 1980.

—. Asheville : Mountain Majesty. Fairview, N.C.: Bright Mountain Books, 2007.

Helper, Hinton A. [Western North Carolina … ]. [New York,, 1886.

—. Western North Carolina : Nature’s Trundle-Bed of Recuperation for Tourist and Health-Seeker. New York: South Pub., 1886.

Highsmith, William Edward. The University of North Carolina at Asheville : The First Sixty Years. [Asheville, N.C.]: University of North Carolina at Asheville, 1991.

Holmes, J. S., and United States. Forest Service. Forest Conditions in Western North Carolina. Raleigh,: Edwards & Broughton printing company, 1911.

Horton, James H., et al. Our Mountain Heritage : Essays on the Natural and Cultural History of Western North Carolina. [Cullowhee? N.C.]: North Carolina Humanities Committee, Western Carolina University, 1979.

Hughson, Walter. The Church’s Mission to the Mountaineers of the South. Hartford, Conn.,: Church missions publishing company, 1908.

Hunter, Charles E., Lewis J. Hash, and North Carolina. Division of Mineral Resources. Halloysite Deposits of Western North Carolina. [Raleigh], 1949.

Hunter, C. L. Sketches of Western North Carolina, Historical and Biographical. Raleigh,: The Raleigh news steam job print, 1877.

—. Sketches of Western North Carolina, Historical and Biographical; Illustrating Principally the Revolutionary Period of Mecklenburg, Rowan, Lincoln, and Adjoining Counties, Accompanied with Miscellaneous Information. Baltimore,: Regional Pub. Co., 1970.

Ingram, C. Denise, Patrick B. Durst, and Southeastern Forest Experiment Station (Asheville N.C.). Marketing Nature-Oriented Tourism for Rural Development and Wildlands Management in Developing Countries : A Bibliography. Asheville, N.C.: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, 1987.

Inscoe, John C. Mountain Masters, Slavery, and the Sectional Crisis in Western North Carolina. 1st ed. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1989.

Inscoe, John C., and Gordon B. McKinney. The Heart of Confederate Appalachia : Western North Carolina in the Civil War. Civil War America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Jenkins, Mark. Historical Sketch of Calvary Episcopal Church : Organized 1857, Built 1859, Fletcher, North Carolina, Diocese of Western North Carolina. Fletcher, N.C.: The Parish, 1959.

John F. Blair Publisher. Boogers and Boo-Daddies : The Best of Blair’s Ghost Stories. Winston-Salem, N.C.: John F. Blair, Publisher, 2004.

Jones, H. G. North Carolina History : An Annotated Bibliography. Bibliographies of the States of the United States,. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995.

Jones, H. G., and North Carolina. State Dept. of Archives and History. For History’s Sake; the Preservation and Publication of North Carolina History, 1663-1903. Chapel Hill,: University of North Carolina Press, 1966.

Junior League of Asheville. Mountain Elegance : A Collection of Favorite Recipes. Asheville, NC: Bright Mountain Books, 1991.

Katz, Edward J. The Modern World. The Asheville Reader. Asheville, N.C.: Pegasus Press, 1999.

Kautz, Jim. Footprints across the South : Bartram’s Trail Revisited. Kennesaw, GA: Kennesaw State University Press, 2006.

Kelsey, S. T. The Blue Ridge Highlands in Western North Carolina. Greenville, S.C.,: Daily news press, 1876.

Kelsey, S. T., and C. C. Hutchinson. The Blue Ridge Highlands of Western North Carolina. [Atlanta,: J. P. Harrison & co.], 1878.

Kenilworth inn Asheville N. C. [from old catalog]. Kenilworth Inn, Biltmore, Asheville, N. C. [Philadelphia,, 1898.

Langley, Joan, and Wright Langley. Yesterday’s Asheville. Miami: E. A. Seemann Pub., 1975.

Lawler, Jerry, and Doug Asheville. It’s Good to Be the King– Sometimes. New York: Pocket Books, 2002.

Lee, George Winthrop, Stone & Webster., and YA Pamphlet Collection (Library of Congress). The Library and the Business Man. [Boston,: Stone & Webster, 1907.

Lefler, Hugh Talmage. A Guide to the Study and Reading of North Carolina History. 3d ed. Chapel Hill,: University of North Carolina Press, 1969.

—. A Guide to the Study and Reading of North Carolina History. Chapel Hill,: University of North Carolina Press, 1955.

—. North Carolina History Told by Contemporaries. [4th ed. Chapel Hill,: University of North Carolina Press, 1965.

—. North Carolina History Told by Contemporaries. [2d ed. Chapel Hill,: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1948.

Levin, Rob. Asheville : A Photographic Portrait. Atlanta, Ga.: Riverbend Books, 2007.

Lewis, Joseph Volney. Corundum and the Basic Magnesian Rocks of Western North Carolina. Winston,: M.I. & J.C. Stewart, public printers, 1896.

Limbert, Paul M. First Congregational United Church of Christ, Asheville, North Carolina : A History. Tryon, N.C.: M.A. Religious Designs, 1984.

Lindsey, Thomas H. Lindsey’s Guide to Western North Carolina. Asheville,: The Randolph-Kerr printing co., 1890.

Lombard, Frances Baumgarner. From the Hills of Home in Western North Carolina. [United States: s.n.

Lord, William George. The Blue Ridge Parkway Guide. Asheville, N.C.,: Stephens Press, 1959.

—. Blue Ridge Parkway Guide. 4 vols. New York: Eastern Acorn Press, 1982.

Love, Robert Abner. General Thomas Love of Western North Carolina. 2d ed. [St. Petersburg? Fla.,.

MacRae, James C. The Highland-Scotch Settlement in North Carolina. [Raleigh,: E.M. Uzzell & Co., printers, 1905.

Mathews, Jane Gianvito, Richard A. Mathews, and Charles A. Birnbaum. The Manor and Cottages, Albemarle Park, Asheville, North Carolina : A Historic Planned Residential Community. 1st ed. Asheville, N.C.: Albemarle Park-Manor Grounds Association, 1991.

McCoy, George William. Battle of Asheville. [Asheville, N.C.,: Buncombe County Confederate Centennial Committee, 1964.

McDaniel, Douglas Stuart. Asheville. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004.

McKelway, Alexander Jeffrey. The Scotch-Irish of North Carolina. [Raleigh,: W.S. Sherman, printer, 1905.

Mead, Martha Elizabeth Norburn. Asheville, in Land of the Sky. Richmond, Va.,: The Dietz press, 1942.

Miller, Georgia Ingram. Ingram, Street, and Allied Families of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. Westminster, MD: Village Print., 2003.

Moseley-Edington, Helen. Angels Unaware : Asheville Women of Color. Asheville, NC: Home Press, 1996.

Mosseller, Lillian Mills. The Red Coats of the Blue Ridge : A Saga of the Mills Family and Early Settlement of Western North Carolina and Upper South Carolina. 1st ed. [Tryon, N.C.?]: Fulton Publications, 1981.

Murrill, William A. Boleti from Western North Carolina. New York: New York Botanical Garden, 1908.

Namco Publishing Company. City of Asheville-Buncombe County, North Carolina. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,, 1972.

Neufeld, Rob. A Popular History of Western North Carolina : Mountains, Heroes, and Hootnoggers. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2007.

Newnan, Georgia. Asheville, N. C., Piedmont Directory Company (Incorporated). [n.p.].

Nixon, Joseph R. The German Settlers in Lincoln County and Western North Carolina.

Norris, Don. Abraham Enloe of Western North Carolina. New York, NY: Vantage Press, Inc., 2008.

North Carolina Board of Higher Education. Report on Proposal of University of North Carolina to Add Campuses at Asheville and Wilmington. [Raleigh], 1969.

North Carolina. Bureau of Employment Security Research., Alton W. Wells, and Larry Patterson. Labor Supply and Demand in the Asheville Smsa for 1978 : A Supplement to Labor Supply and Demand in North Carolina for 1978. [Raleigh]: Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, 1978.

North Carolina. Dept. of Water Resources., et al. Water Resource Problems and Priorities in the Appalachian Region Counties in North Carolina. A Paper for Presentation by General James R. Townsend [Chairman] at the First Meeting: Water Development Coordinating Committee for Appalachia, Asheville, North Carolina, September 20-21, 1965. Raleigh,, 1965.

North Carolina. Division of Air Quality. Governors’ Summit on Mountain Air Quality : Asheville, North Carolina, April 6-7, 1999. [Raleigh, N.C.]: The Division, 2000.

North Carolina. State Geologist. Report of the Geological Survey of North Carolina. Vol. I. Physical Geography, Resumé, Economical Geology. Raleigh,: J. Turner, State printer and binder, 1875.

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O’Brien, Dawn. North Carolina’s Historic Restaurants and Their Recipes. 4th rev. ed. Winston-Salem, N.C.: J.F. Blair, 2004.

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Recipe: Marian’s Chocolate Pie

My mother and my sister, who was like a mother to me in the early years of my life, were both wonderful cooks and were especially talented at making delicious, tempting sweets that would curl any sweet tooth. I am sharing this particular recipe in honor of my sister who recently left this world of existence. I will share other recipes in the future that belong to my mother, my sister, and/or me.

This is the best chocolate pie I have ever eaten. In fact, once you eat a piece of this pie, the taste of all other chocolate pies will pale in comparison, to the point that you may opt out of eating a piece of any other chocolate pie. All of this is to say, be careful if you choose to prepare and eat a piece of this pie because it may well spoil all others for you. Caution — my mother and my sister both measured amounts by eye and hand, seldom by measuring spoon or cup. When it says an amount below it means heaping, e.g. 1 Tab. is 1 heaping tablespoon.

Mix together in a 4 quart pan:

1 cup sugar
4 Tabs. cocoa and add 2 cups pet milk*
2 Tabs. flour 1 tsp. salt

Mix the above together thoroughly, then begin heating the mixture, stirring to keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Better yet, use a double boiler for cooking.

Once the pan mixture has warmed, put 3 egg yolks (save the egg whites for the meringue) in a dish and lightly whip them; then gradually add several spoonfuls of the above warmed mixture and mix well with the yolks. Then add the dish mixture to the pan mixture very gradually, stirring constantly in order to keep the mixture from clumping (you have to be very vigilant with this and even then you may get some clumps). Cook until it bubbles, then quickly add 1 large Tab. butter and 1 tsp. vanilla; stir in, and then pour into a baked, slightly browned pie shell.

Take the 3 saved egg whites and beat until they peak when you spoon at it; add 1 cup sugar (or Splenda) and, if desired ¼ tsp. cream of tartar. Ice the top of the pie with this meringue mixture and brown lightly in a 425 degree F. oven.

Save the cooking pan for someone to “lick.” As kids we would lick the pan so clean that it almost didn’t need to be washed!

*You can substitute fat free or 2% milk, but it is not nearly as good.

As for the pie shell, the best pie shell is a homemade pie shell, but the ones from the grocery store will do. Home made pie shells are best because you can make them very short, flaky and tender (yum, yum). Here is a recipe for such a pie shell:

Mix together:
2 cups un-sifted flour or 2 ½ cups sifted flour
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup cold water
2/3 cup Crisco or those healthier substitutes that are now available

You can cut in the Crisco using 2 knives or mix with a pastry blender.

You may want to chill the dough for 10 to 15 minutes; it is so short that it is a little hard to work with, so chilling helps sometimes.

Roll out on a floured surface and fit into the pie pan. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Start crust out at 425 then within 3 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. and bake until lightly browned; this allows the crust to set and then be browned.

10 Historic Women Photographers You Should Know

Let’s get our art history on.

Next month, Sotheby’s will bring a broad array of photography to the auction block, illuminating the impressive range of the medium through a survey of Modern and Post-War image makers. While audiences will get their fair share of the men who helped changed the history of photos — think Bill Brandt, Robert Frank, Weegee, Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams — some of the most impressive names in the bunch belong to the 20th and 21st century women who have brought the art of photography to new heights. Continue reading

How ‘benevolent sexism’ drove Dylann Roof’s racist massacre

Before he gunned down a room full of black worshipers, Roof reportedly proclaimed “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country.” Many important things will be said in the next few weeks about the murder of nine people holding a prayer meeting at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17.  Click this link to read the entire article  How ‘benevolent sexism’ drove Dylann Roof’s racist massacre  Lisa Wade is an assistant professor of sociology at Occidental College

FACING RACE SPOTLIGHT: Organizer Alicia Garza on Why Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza calls Oakland home but is one of the many black organizers who’ve flocked to Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. For Garza, who serves as special projects director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, her presence in Ferguson gave her the opportunity to support local activists as they worked to build sustainable leadership. It was also a chance to put into action a saying that’s become somewhat of a movement slogan in recent months: “Black Lives Matter.”  Continue reading

Ellen Craft, the Slave Who Posed as a Master and Made Herself Free

Ellen Craft, the Slave Who Posed as a Master and Made Herself Free

A few days before Christmas, 1848, a man named William Craft gave his wife Ellen a haircut—in fact, he cut it to the nape of her neck, far shorter than any other woman in Macon, Georgia, where the Crafts lived. They picked out her clothes—a cravat, a top hat, a fine coat—and went over the plan for what felt like the hundredth time.

Ellen was scared. “I think it is almost too much for us to undertake; however, I feel that God is on our side,” she would later write, “and with his assistance, notwithstanding all the difficulties, we shall be able to succeed.” Illustration by Jim Cooke, source image via Getty  Continue reading

So She Did: The Female Mentor That Changed My Life

I always expected that I’d spend my last summer before starting college binge-watching TV, eating pizza, and dealing with anxiety about my freshman year.  Instead, I ended up exploring my recent acquaintance with the feminist movement through an internship with So She Did, an organization related to women’s empowerment. I decided to join the organization because it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a different perspective on feminism and my own ideas about empowerment. Sure enough, working there resulted in one of the best and most interesting summers of my life. Continue reading

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