From Buncombe County Special Collections (BCSC)
Since 2013 our blog, HeardTell, has engaged lovers of Buncombe County history by sharing stories about and found in our archive. Over the years, HeardTell has become a tremendous resource and outreach tool, reaching more than half a million views. The blog was so well-received that our Friends group and staff transformed many of the posts into our first publication, Hidden History of Asheville (Arcadia, 2019).
Until now, postings on the blog have been limited to Special Collections staff and regular volunteers, but we know that others in our community are passionate about local history and want to share that interest with the community. That is why, beginning in July 2022, we’ll begin accepting submissions to HeardTell from community members.
Great blog posts are short (500-1500 words) and are engaging. Topics can range from observations, curiosities, hidden histories, personal memories, and more. While they might be longer than a social media posting, these posts aren’t meant to be in-depth research, though they should be factually accurate and include citations when appropriate. We especially encourage submissions that include plenty of visuals and are linked to collections and materials held in our library.
Earlier this year, we shared a series of five posts by former BCSC collections manager Zoe Rhine. Zoe’s posts are a great example to follow.
Though we will not accept submissions before July, you can view and download the submission guidelines here. We encourage you to get started now!
This is an exciting move for us! Part of the BCSC mission is to share and collect the history and culture of our region. By inviting our community to share their stories and research with a wide audience, we can help nurture a community of history buffs in Asheville, Buncombe County, and beyond.
Staff and volunteers are looking forward to the diverse perspectives that our community can add the narrative of our collective past! Happy research and writing!
Katherine Cutshall, Collections Manager