History Hour: An (Incomplete) Environmental History of WNC

  • April 22, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
  • Reuter Center - UNCA/OLLI

    300 Campus View Road
    Asheville, North Carolina 28804
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History Hour: An (Incomplete) Environmental History of WNC

Join the Asheville Museum of History on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 at 10am for our first in-person event of the year! We invite you to join us in person at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCA. This hybrid event also airs via Zoom if you cannot attend. It will be recorded and available for later viewing. 

Western North Carolina has a human history dating at least 10,000 years, and every generation has interacted with or shaped the mountainous landscape in some way. Many of the interactions have been harmonious, while at other times, humans have altered or damaged the land. As a result, several individuals and organizations have also fervently worked to conserve or protect the resources and revered places in this area we call home. It is impossible to discuss all of these trends and events in one program, but we are proud to present an (incomplete) environmental history of WNC with a great lineup of knowledgeable experts and stewards. 

Tickets: $5 for AMoH/OLLI members/ $10 for General Admission. We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.

Viewing: In-Person attendees will receive a confirmation email and all attendees will receive a Zoom link with which to view the program. The recording will be available on our website.


About the Speakers:

John Ross  is the author of more than a dozen books focusing on environmental history, including Through The Mountains: The French Broad River and Time.

Ross’ presentation will discuss the French Broad region and some of its specific environmental challenges and successes.

Donald Edward Davis, PhD., is an independent scholar and environmental historian. He has authored or edited seven books, including The American Chestnut: An Environmental History and Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians.

Davis’ presentation is entitled Mountains of Resilience: Revisioning Environmental History in the Southern Appalachians.

Danny Bernstein is a hike leader for the Carolina Mountain Club, Friends of the Smokies, and the Asheville Camino group. She’s written several outdoor books including DuPont Forest: A History.

Bernstein will present the history of the Carolina Mountain Club.


(Images clockwise from left: Freshwater mussels, courtesy Donald Davis; George Masa (second from left) possibly with members of the Carolina Mountain Club, courtesy Buncombe County Special Collections, Pack Memorial Library; A 1911 postcard showing Champion Fibre in Canton, courtesy Buncombe County Special Collections; Sunrise over World’s Edge, a property conserved by the former Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, AMoH photo)


For questions, email Trevor Freeman at education@wnchistory.org

Date & Time

Sat, Apr 22, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Venue Details

Reuter Center - UNCA/OLLI

300 Campus View Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28804 Reuter Center - UNCA/OLLI
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