Wow What a Weekend for the WRA Part 1

As you may recall, part of the collections moved to the Western Regional Archives were the Black Mountain College Papers.  This weekend, the Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center hosted its 4th Annual Conference and the WRA had a starring role.  The theme for this year’s International Conference, Looking Forward at Buckminster Fuller’s Legacy, offered ample opportunities for researchers to utilize our materials to enhance their presentations.  Archivist Heather south presented as part of the opening sessions to introduce conference participants to the Western Office and Archival collections now available in Asheville.  The information was so well received that, as South described it, “Everyone was so excited about the archival resources that I felt like a Rock Star!”  WRA researchers were front and center in nearly all the sessions sharing different angles and points of view but all with a similar theme of Bucky Fuller and how much information they found at the WRA.  Thanks to the Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, our researchers and volunteers (who helped at the conference), scholars from around the world are now more aware of the treasures the State Archives is preserving here in the Western Region.

Jonathan Fisher presented some of his research on the educational philosophy of Black Mountain College

University of San Francisco Professor David Silver sheds light on the farm and foodways at Black Mountain College