Kevan D. Frazier, is an Asheville native whose family settled in the Asheville area in the late 1700s. A 1992-graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Kevan’s interest in history was ignited in the Humanities classes he took as an undergraduate. After graduation he earned a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in U.S. History as well as African History at Kent State University and Western Virginia University, respectively.
Kevan returned to Asheville in the late 1990s and served on the faculty and administration at UNC Asheville for almost 17 years. Recently, he was appointed the Executive Director of Western Carolina University’s Programs in Asheville, which provides graduate, professional and certificate programs to people in the Asheville/Hendersonville area. Kevan is also the founder of Asheville by Foot Walking Tours, which offers historic walking tours of downtown Asheville.
Kevan’s interest in the history of his hometown began when listening to stories told by his grandfather, a long-serving detective for the Asheville Police Department. Kevan began writing and speaking about Asheville after a happenstance discovery at the Library of Congress as a graduate student. He had been studying the noted city planner John Nolen of Boston when he came across a comprehensive city plan Nolen had drafted for Asheville in the early 1920s. The plan was the basis for Asheville’s “Program for Progress” which both advanced and bankrupted the city during the Roaring Twenties.
Today, Kevan lectures several dozen times each year on the History of Asheville and enjoys giving walking tours of downtown. Kevan loves to help visitors and recent transplants learn about Asheville as well as help locals gain a deeper appreciation for the people and events that have shaped this truly amazing city.