With one of the largest Jewish populations in
the state, Asheville’s thriving downtown has been the home of
hundreds of Jewish businesses since the late 1800s. Recently, the
local organization History@Hand completed four years of research on
these businesses. Organization founders Jan Schochet, an urban
planner, and folklorist Sharon Fahrer will give a talk on their
research at noon Thursday, Nov. 9, at UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library
Special Collections. The talk, “The Family Store: A History of
Jewish Businesses in Downtown Asheville, 1880-1990,” is free and
open to the public. A reception will follow the one-hour talk.
This event is held in conjunction with a
citywide outdoor historical exhibit. The exhibit describes in detail
12 of the more than 400 Jewish businesses that have flourished in
Asheville. Two of the exhibit panels feature sites at UNC Asheville
and will be on view during the talk. These two panels have been
donated to the University and will be permanently displayed in
Lipinsky and Zageir halls when the exhibition closes on November 15.
The panels highlight the history of the Lipinsky and Zageir
families, both prominent donors to the University.
In addition, research materials, including
documents and collected oral histories, from “The Family Store”
project were donated to UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library Special
Collections by History@Hand. The materials are now available to the
public via the Web at:
For more information
about the talk or the archives, call UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library
Special Collections at 828/251-6645.