Story-Telling Events

The first Story-Telling event takes place in Asheville on Sunday, July 11th from 3-5 pm at the Stephens Lee Cultural Center in the Multi-purpose Room.

We’ll have the historical photo collection on display and will be looking at the collection together and sharing stories. Everyone is encouraged to bring historic photos to add to the archive. We’ll have a scanner there so they can be digitized and added to the collection.

There will also be an audio recorder at the event–we’re calling this a Storybank Booth–where people can share a story. This will be a fun, interesting, and enlightening event!

Join another special event at the Mars Hill Anderson-Rosenwald School building on Monday, July 12th from 11:15-12:30.

Some of you may remember when Kelly Navies, a historian who works for the Smithsonian, came to present her family history in WNC a few years ago at MHU. Ms. Navies has agreed to come back and speak about the history of African Americans in WNC. She will share additional information about her research into her ancestral connections to this region.

Navies mother was Constance Elaine Gregory who attended the Mars Hill Anderson-Rosenwald School (MHARS) between 1948-51. Her grandmother, Connie Alberta Whiteside, may have also attended the school. This will be a great opportunity for students and members of the community to learn about the history and legacy of the school.

Questions? Please contact Fatimah Shabazz at

Masks will be required at these events.