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Join us Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 am–2:00 pm for a Book Sale and Open House at the OBCGS Library! Don’t miss this opportunity to buy books at a low price to help fund the library and its activities.

We are pulling some books off the shelf to sell and books have been donated by members to help us raise money for library supplies. Also, we plan to have several docents providing some training in the library during the same hours for the Open House – bring your family tree to get some help! Or bring a friend who might want to learn more about their genealogy – our library resources can help get them started. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you very much for your support!

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Abandoned and Neglected Cemeteries, Laws and Current Practices in Buncombe County, NC

Betsy Couzins, one of OBCGS’ library volunteers, has written a well-researched article on the local laws governing cemeteries in Buncombe County. She gave a professional presentation at the library’s Saturday program on March 23, 2019 covering the same information. You can retrieve a copy of her article here:

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