The Century America compilation of websites are a part of the COPLAC digital history project, a collaboration of several colleges in which student researchers have explored their local community’s experiences during the Great War.  Spearheaded by Dr. Bill Spellman, and under the direct leadership of Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson from the University of North Carolina Asheville and Dr. Jeffrey McClurken from the University of Mary Washington, the project combines digital technologies, distance mentoring, and undergraduate research.  The UNC Asheville website explores parts of Western North Carolina, with particular emphasis on the college’s home city of Asheville, during the Great War.

Ashley McGhee is a History major and Environmental Studies minor at UNC Asheville.  She is a native of the area and hopes to remain in the mountains of North Carolina after graduating.  Ashley was responsible for The Mountain Economy, Religious Community, Women and War, African American Community, and the Flood of 1916 narratives and images.  Ashley can be reached at amcghee@unca.edu.

Ash in Scotland

Scotland, 2014

Benjamin Jarrell is a History major at UNC Asheville with plans to teach middle school.  Benjamin was responsible for Asheville’s Path: A Visual Timeline and Making Cents: Advertising During Wartime.  Benjamin can be reached at bjarrell@unca.edu.


My apartment, 2015