Our history is deeply rooted in our mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
Throughout our YWCA history, we have been at the forefront of most major movements in the United States, as well as here in Asheville, North Carolina. The women of YWCA Asheville have been social justice pioneers in race relations, workers rights, and the empowerment of women since 1907.
YWCA Asheville’s 110th Anniversary
In 2017, to commemorate the impact that YWCA Asheville has had on residents throughout our rich 110-year history, UNC Asheville History Department students from Dr. Sarah Judson’s African American History since 1865 class conducted interviews with YWCA elders. Visit the Asheville YWCA Oral History Project online to hear interviews and view timelines of the lives of the interviewees.
Ramsey Library at UNC Asheville, Special Collections is the home to our archive of photos, documents, and news articles related to the YWCA. View the YWCA of Asheville Archive
In 2017, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, NC Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill digitized over 400 YWCA photographs generously donated by the YMI Cultural Center. View the new Asheville YWCA Digital Photo Collection
In 2007, eleven historical panels were created to give an overview of the YWCA’s 100+ years of social justice work in this community. The creation of the panels was made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. This project was a collaboration between the YWCA, Ramsey Library at UNC Asheville, Special Collections, and the YMI Cultural Center.
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