September 26 Event–Kephart: A Librarian’s Effort to Create a National Park

Image from Hunter Library’s Special & Digital Collections

In 1904, Horace Kephart, father of six, author, and a librarian employed by Cornell, Yale, and the St. Louis Mercantile Library, headed to western North Carolina “looking for a big primitive forest where I could build up strength anew and indulge my lifelong fondness for hunting, fishing and exploring new ground.” Kephart shared his experiences by writing articles for outdoor magazines and books including Camp Cookery and Our Southern Highlanders. His writings, experiences, and advocacy for the area and its people were influential in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Join us on the second floor of Hunter Library, Thursday, September 26, 6:00 p.m, for a discussion with George Ellison and Janet McCue, coauthors of Back of Beyond: a Horace Kephart Biography and George Frizzell, former archivist of Special Collections. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Mae Claxton, professor of English. Following the discussion, guests are invited to an Open House in Special Collections to view items in the Kephart Collection–including some items that have never been seen by the public. The newly released collection includes correspondence between Kephart and his family and photographs of family members and family homes.

Kephart: A Librarian’s Effort to Create a National Park is presented by the Great Smoky Mountains Association and the Friends of Hunter Library.

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