Fontana Regional Library Celebrates 75 Years of Service

This year, the Fontana Regional Library turned 75 and we are celebrating by collecting stories from our wonderful patrons and supporters!  The Fontana Regional Library system is composed of public libraries in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties (North Carolina).  Since we’re asking for your story, we thought that it’s only fair that we share ours … Continue reading Fontana Regional Library Celebrates 75 Years of Service

Prohibition, Suffrage, and Repeal

The early days of the 20th century have always fascinated me. If there were such things as past lives, then I have lived a life in that era. The end of the Gilded Age, the rise of the progressive era, into the Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression beyond industrialization had gripped our economy, bringing … Continue reading Prohibition, Suffrage, and Repeal

The Hudson Library of Highlands, N.C.

By Guest Contributor Randolph Shaffner Randolph Shaffner, a former president of the Hudson Library Board of Trustees, is the author of Good Reading Material, Mostly Bound and New: The Hudson Library 1884-1994, which is available for purchase at the library, all proceeds benefiting the library. He currently serves as archivist for the Highlands Historical Society, … Continue reading The Hudson Library of Highlands, N.C.

Art Out of Chaos: The Literature and Movies of World War II

Benjamin Baruch Woody June 6, 2019 was the 75th anniversary of D-Day. As most of you probably know, this is the day that the Allied forces began the offensive push to defeat the German Army. This anniversary got me thinking about sacrifice, heroism, a generation that is quickly fading away, and it got me thinking … Continue reading Art Out of Chaos: The Literature and Movies of World War II

NC Women: The Quakers

One of the most satisfying parts about studying history is the perspective that it often shades on today’s world. While researching and writing this blog project about North Carolina Women I have come to several realizations, but researching Quakers may have offered the most profound thus far. Without the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) there … Continue reading NC Women: The Quakers

NC Women: Harriet Jacobs and slave women

Welcome back. Last month, in the inaugural blog of this series on women in North Carolina, NC Women: Edenton Tea Party, we learned about Penelope Barker and the women of Edenton during the Revolutionary War. The first recorded civil disobedience of women in the new world, right here in our backyard. We have seen that … Continue reading NC Women: Harriet Jacobs and slave women

NC Women : Edenton Tea Party

This year marks a crucial anniversary in American history, the centennial of the 19th amendment and women’s enfranchisement. The amendment-passed congress on June 4th 1919, to be ratified with final passage by Tennessee on August 18th 1920. The 19th amendment handed the right to vote to more people than any other event in our history. … Continue reading NC Women : Edenton Tea Party

Human Rights – From “Conception” to “Realization”

Hey y’all, this is Savannah from the Macon County Public Library.   You heard about several holidays in the last blog but for this blog, we are going to talk about human rights and Human Rights Day which was on December 10. Now, as a semi-trained history geek, my “historian” mind went all over the place … Continue reading Human Rights – From “Conception” to “Realization”

William Bartram: Hike and Learn

What’s YOUR favorite reference question? One of mine is “Can you tell me about some good places to hike around here?” I love it when people ask me for help getting out and playing in the woods. If I can add some historic knowledge and conservation advocacy to my answer- I’m even happier! We have … Continue reading William Bartram: Hike and Learn

November is Native American Heritage Month – Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Sign Dedication

Kristina Moe here at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin, writing my first blog. Yes, I’ve been here nearly 12 years without contributing, but last month I was finally convinced to write something. Here goes. Most days I love my view from the Reference Desk- when I started writing this there was a glorious … Continue reading November is Native American Heritage Month – Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Sign Dedication