Lanier Library’s presentation of ‘Tryon Early On’ rescheduled to Nov. 1

Published 8:00 am Thursday, October 25, 2018

An event on Tryon’s past at the Lanier Library has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. 

“Tryon Early On,” a collection of photographic slides from a presentation given by Betty Doubleday Frost in 1968, will be shown.  Recently rediscovered in the Lanier Library, Robert Lange has been sorting through slides, Frost’s notecards and audio recordings to recreate her presentation for today’s Tryon audience.

Lifelong Tryonite Julia Calhoun will join Lange for the presentation.

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“The last time this was seen was in the early 1970s, when Betty gave her presentation at the Tryon Fine Arts Center,” she said. 

Calhoun knew Frost from her earliest days and worked with her on many occasion in saving her image collection and stories of Tryon. 

“Betty Frost was truly a Tryon treasure,” she said. “She was a lovely, lively person who was a font of knowledge about Tryon’s history. She was instrumental in the founding of the Polk County Historical Society and its museum, originally located in the depot building in Tryon. If it were not for Betty, most of the old photos would have disappeared long ago.

“Betty and I became fast friends early on and she recognized my great passion for history in general and Tryon history in particular.  We worked together on her retrospective, ‘Tryon Memories,’ which my company published. And I helped her sort through all her material which was stored at Lanier Library and at the museum here. She was an absolute joy to be around. I’m grateful for the time I had with her.”

Calhoun and Lange will introduce and provide commentary on Frost’s presentation during the Nov. 1 program.

Those interested in learning more may contact the library at 828-859-9535.

– Submitted by Amber Keeran