On May 25, 1919, the Berry Municipal Band performed its first live set in Asheville. The ensemble played a series of free outdoor shows throughout the summer in an effort to expand the city’s appeal to tourists.
Local nonprofit Just Economics increased its living wage rates for 2019. For those employees not offered employer-sponsored health insurance benefits, the new hourly rate is $13.65; for those offered health insurance, the new hourly rate is $12.15.
On Oct. 25, 1891, the John Robinson Circus arrived to Asheville, wowing citizens with its trapeze artists, menagerie and musical acts.
See what historical events captured readers’ attention throughout 2018.
Asheville has gotten whiter over the past two decades. The proportion of African-American residents in the city dropped from 17.6 percent in 2000 to 12.3 percent in 2016, a change city officials attribute to a combination of white influx and black exodus. For the people of color who remained in Asheville, 2018 proved a mixed bag.
The history lessons and talks of 2018.
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, The Asheville Citizen featured a weekly Monday column titled “Excerpts From Sermons Preached Here Sunday.”
In his latest work, ‘Tangled: Organizing the Southern Textile Industry, 1930-1934,’ historian Travis Sutton Byrd explores the region’s labor movements that would help lead to a nationwide textile worker strike.
In 1928, city officials, business owners and residents came together to launch the inaugural Rhododendron Festival.
Between 1880 and 1890, Asheville’s population grew by over 350 percent. With an influx of new blood came plenty of new businesses as well.
In March 1926, demolition on the 1892 city hall building began.
“When all the wounds of war are healed/And hate’s grim sorrows fade/With pulsing heart we’ll read the part/The Red Cross Nurses played,” reads a poem in the Nov. 23, 1918 publication of The Oteen.
World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918. That Thanksgiving some local residents celebrated with nontraditional dishes.
Broken promises and false starts plagued the city’s early hopes of developing an airport.
In 1912, the owner of a raucous rooster was taken to court by his very tired neighbors.
In October 1918, in the midst of a worldwide influenza pandemic, Asheville residents opted to wear medical masks as opposed to Halloween costumes.
In March 1918, construction began on a new hospital in Asheville. The facility was specifically built for World War I soldiers infected with tuberculosis.
On Friday, Oct. 26, the Charles George VA will celebrate its centennial at its grand reopening of building No. 9, known today as the Hope and Recovery Center.
The African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference will take place Oct. 18-20 in Asheville. The theme this year is “Making the invisible visible.”
In the summer of 1912, self-proclaimed clairvoyant Mme. Nina Lester arrived in Asheville for a brief stint. By late July she would flee the city with hundreds of dollars worth of stolen jewelry.
In the fall of 1923, a demolition crew began tearing down the original Battery Park. Later that year, flames would consume parts of the remaining property.