Tuesday, November 11

Establishment of the GSMNP is topic of lecture

Dr. Dan Pierce, a history professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, will bring Maryville College’s 2008 Appalachian Lecture Series to a close Nov. 11 with his presentation “A Fairy Dream on a Goat Hill: The Unlikely Story of the Establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Lawson Auditorium of Maryville College’s Fayerweather Hall.

Pierce’s talk is expected to include research drawn from his history book “The Great Smoky Mountain National Park: From Natural Habitat to Natural Park.” During his presentation he will address some of the park’s surprising facts and talk about how communities from the area helped to make its unlikely formation a reality.

The park celebrates its 75th birthday next year.

Pierce’s book and copies of the 75th anniversary edition of Smokies Life magazine will be available for sale at the lecture.

This year marks the 21st year of the Appalachian Lecture Series, which was envisioned as a vehicle for recognizing the unique and valuable contributions of Southern Appalachian culture. For two decades, the Series has invited artists, scholars, musicians, writers and historians to the College campus each fall to give presentations on the heritage, as well as the future, of the region.

For more information on the Appalachian Lecture Series, contact Dr. Susan Schneibel, professor of comparative literature and chair of the College’s Division of Languages and Literature, at 865-981-8251 or susan.schneibel@maryvillecollege.edu

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