Historian Dan Pierce, National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at UNC Asheville, will present a book talk on The Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with collaborating author Nathan Anderson and artist Joel Anderson, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5 in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. Works from the guide will be on display in Ramsey Library, with an opening reception following the book talk. All events are free and open to everyone.
The Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park features 40 original posters mirroring the style of works commissioned by the New Deal WPA (Works Progress Administration), and historical information covering a wide variety of topics relating to the Smokies.
Special Collections recently added the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection to our archives. Containing over 1,000 images taken by Isaiah Rice, the collection documents Asheville’s African American community from the 1950s through the 1970s. The collection was officially unveiled on October 23 at the second annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference at UNC Asheville.
Asheville native Isaiah Rice (1917-80), a World War II veteran, was active in community and civic affairs. He was a recreation supervisor at the Burton Street Community Center in his neighborhood, and served on the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. He was employed as a warehouseman and beverage salesman for 40 years. He often carried one of his many cameras, seizing countless opportunities to capture his family, neighbors, and community members on film. He photographed people at church, his neighbors and friends as they gathered for social events, folks attending parades and football games, as well as many scenes of people working and going about their business in downtown Asheville. His photos document a thriving African American community in urban Asheville during the mid 20th century.