An Asheville conference and a traveling exhibit coming to Belmont will mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1916 this weekend.
The flood killed 50 people in the N.C. mountains and Piedmont and left tens of millions of dollars in damage.
The N.C. Office of Archives and History will host a free symposium on the flood Friday and Saturday at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
Sessions will include the causes and impacts of the N.C. flood and future preparedness; national flood expert John Barry; climatological perspectives and stories of personal losses. More information: 919-807-7290.
In Belmont, a state historical marker to honor 10 men who died in the flood will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 29/74 at Catawba Street. A traveling exhibit on the flood, “So Great the Devastation,” will go on display Sunday at the Belmont Historical Society, 40 E. Catawba St., through August.