History

The Mythic School of the Mountain: Black Mountain College

Brilliant artists, poets, and intellectuals established Black Mountain College’s reputation as a bastion of innovative thinkers. The college’s brief, obscure existence — and its avant-garde “Happening” — sealed its legend.

Arts & Culture

The Story Collector

Cratis Williams’s love of Appalachia helped inspire a special library collection, where the story of the region continues to grow.

April 2014

The National Pastime at War

Troops from both sides — and even prisons — find escape from the slog of war with a bat and ball. (Volume 4, Part 4)

History

The Invasion of the Underclad Undergrads

For a brief time in the 1970s, college students threw off their inhibitions — among other things — and ran free.

Arts & Culture

The Old Ceremony: Live at Our State

Songwriter Django Haskins and violinist Gabriel Pelli of The Old Ceremony stopped by the Our State office with instruments in tow for a special performance.

April 2014

Appalachian Music Playlist

Joe Newberry may be known as a prizewinning musician, but this month he’s also serving as our Appalachian DJ.

Arts

Chicken Alley in Asheville

These days, you won’t encounter stray chickens in downtown Asheville — just one 10-foot-tall rooster with a proportionately large attitude. The star of local artist Molly Must’s Chicken Alley mural casts a cool stare on passersby, coaxing them to pause at this side street off Lexington Avenue and wander in. Which is exactly the point: … Continued