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Local Library To Present 'From Hooves To Wings' – Brevard NC


January 12, 2017

Terry Rucsin, author of "A History of Transportation in Western North Carolina," will present at slideshow at the library on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at noon.

The Transylvania County Library's Bag Lunch Arts Series continues on Tuesday, Jan. 17, with "From Hooves to Wings: A History of Transportation in WNC" presented by Terry Ruscin. The program begins at noon in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library and is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

The presentation is a fully-illustrated slideshow about Ruscin's latest book on transportation.

The book and the presentation include the history of foot traffic, wagons and stagecoaches, bridges, railroads, streetcars and trolleys, taxis and buses, automobile dealerships, ill-fated attempts to ply the French Broad River, and aviators and airports of the region. Transylvania and Jackson counties logging and tanning industries are included, as well as WNC's gaps, Indian traces, the Good Roads Movement, the Buncombe Turnpike, Dixie Highway, Blue Ridge Parkway and much more.

The presentation will include many vintage transportation images, including rare (some never-before published) historic photographs, maps and blueprints/plans.

He will have copies of this new book, "A History of Transportation in Western North Carolina," plus his other titles, available for sale and signing following the program.

A former advertising executive, Ruscin retired to Hendersonville in 2004 and has been researching local and regional history and heritage since his arrival. He has authored several books, including four on Western North Carolina history. His earlier books include those on the California missions as well as European travelogues. He is an avid researcher and photographer who also writes the monthly history column, "Beyond the Banks," for the Hendersonville Times-News.

The Bag Lunch Arts Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Transylvania County Library. Proceeds from Friends' memberships and from book room sales help pay for all of the programming at the Library.

There is never a charge to attend programs and the public is invited to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy during this presentation. Refreshments for Bag Lunch are provided by the Friends and include cookies and coffee from Blue Ridge Bakery.

For more information, call the Transylvania County Library at 884-3151.


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