Century America 2.0

Welcome to the second iteration of Century America, to be held in the Spring of 2015.

Dr. Jeffrey McClurken
Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson

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  1. I remember the email that was sent to me last semester, asking if I would be interested in meeting with Dr. Pearson to discuss the opportunity to complete research regarding World War I and the Buncombe County and Asheville areas. I had only been at UNCA for one semester, having transferred from the local community college, so I was a little surprised to be receiving such a prestigious offer.

    This is my second go-round at college. I graduated high school in 2002, and completed LPN (Nursing) school in 2004 and then worked as a full time LPN in various positions until 2012. Burnout, and several close family members passing away made me realize how short life was, and that if I wanted to be happy in my little corner of the world it was time to return to school and change my course in life.

    I’m both excited and honored to be a part of the Century America Course. I have many ideas that I want to pursue in regards to this project, and I hope to take the knowledge I learn from this course and apply it to future projects and career opportunities. I am mulling over the idea of wanting to take a look at the rural aspect of the county’s population during World War I, as my Grandfather grew up just to the north of Asheville on a very large tobacco farm roughly a decade after the War.

    I’m looking forward to perusing the special collections at my school library, but there are two other places in my area I’ve already tagged to visit as well: Pack Library in Asheville and the Western Office of Archives and History in Oteen.

    Again, I’m thrilled to be a part of this project and I look forward to working with all the other participants to discover some exciting pieces of history during the years of World War I.

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