828 Digital Archives for Historical Equity

Western North Carolina’s Virtual History Center

Know our histories, know ourselves.

This innovative project, named for Western North Carolina’s “828” area code, centers the voices of historically excluded individuals in the region by working with community partners to design a repository of digitized materials. This collection will become the foundation of a virtual history center that will make the region’s history more accessible to scholars, students, educators, and other public audiences.

Our goal is to support research that incorporates interdisciplinary scholarship into digital projects, thus weaving a more inclusive and accessible tapestry of Western North Carolina’s history and culture. We will use the latest digital technologies to promote awareness of the region’s diverse histories to a broader audience. 

Recent Press

Biltmore Beacon

Melanie Threlkeld McConnell, "Historic cemetery to soon get digital database," September 15, 2022

Mountain Xpress

Thomas Calder, "Local professor helps digitize a more inclusive history," May 20, 2021

2022 Johnny Baxter Award

Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County

Our Core Values

828 Digital Archives for Historical Equity aims to build a community-driven, accessible digital archive of Asheville and Buncombe County history.


We believe in archives that are community-driven, community-centered, and community-built.


Making archives accessible to all members of the community is central to our project.

Historical Equity

Our work centers historically overlooked histories in Asheville and Buncombe County.

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