History Hour - Building an Equitable Archives: Cultivating and Caring for Community Memory

  • February 29, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

Ticket Price $0.00-$10.00 This event is now over

Archivists and Public Historians have a unique responsibility collecting, caring for, and sharing historical records, artifacts, and stories that help us shape our collective memory. For generations, some communities have been excluded by the historical record, especially people of color. The Buncombe County Special Collections library has taken steps over the last several years to build community trust and empower individuals to share their family archives and stories for generations to come. In this presentation Cutshall will discuss the importance of agency, access, and institutional accountability as local archives and museums strive to share a more equitable picture of our community's past. 


About the Presenter:

Katherine Calhoun Cutshall is an “aggressively enthusiastic” historian and archivist born and raised in Buncombe County. She holds degrees in History (2015) and Liberal Arts (2019) from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Her research interests lie at the intersections of tourism and the practice of chattel slavery in pre-Civil War Western North Carolina. Katherine has worked in museums, historic sites, and served on history-focused boards and commissions across the region since 2014 including the Gov. Zebulon B. Vance State Historic Site, The Asheville-Buncombe African American Heritage Commission, Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, The Joint Vance Monument Task Force, and the North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center.  Today Cutshall is Collections Manager at Buncombe County Special Collections, a member of the North Carolina State Historic Records Advisory Board and serves as Project Archivist for the 828 Digital Archives for Historical Equity Project. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring our beautiful mountains, fishing pole in hand. 


Tickets: $5 for AMoH 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: Virtual registrants will receive a Zoom link with which to view the program. It will also be recorded and later available on our website.


(Image: A recent Young Men’s Institute (YMI) archives workday at Buncombe County Special Collections; courtesy Katherine Calhoun Cutshall)


For questions contact Trevor Freeman at education@ashevillehistory.org

Date & Time

Thu, Feb 29, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Asheville Museum of History