Join us for “Tourism in Appalachia: A Public Presentation Highlighting Collections and Research on the Tourism Industry and Its Impact on the Appalachian Region”

Tourism in Appalachia: A Public Presentation Highlighting Collections and Research on the Tourism Industry and Its Impact on the Appalachian Region – April 27th 2022 1:30-3:00pm

Please join us and our colleagues at Appalachian State University and Western Carolina for the following presentation:

Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, and Western Carolina University Libraries are sponsoring an online event to showcase recent digital projects from each institution on the theme of tourism in Appalachia on April 27th 2022 1:30-3:00pm. Keynote speaker, Dr. Andy Denson, author of Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017) and Associate Professor of History at Western Carolina University, will discuss the roles played by Cherokee sites of memory and images of Native American history in the evolution of tourism cultures in Southern Appalachia. Representatives from each library will discuss the following collections:

  • Gene Hyde, Head  of Special Collections and University Archivist at UNC Asheville, will explore the legacy of early 20th century resort tourism featuring materials primarily from the Ora Rives Collection, the Frank Coxe Papers, the Fred Loring Seely Papers, and the E. W. Grove papers.
  • Appalachian State University’s Pam Mitchem, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship and Initiatives; Ashlea Green, Metadata Librarian; and Dea Rice, Digital Projects Librarian, will talk about their exhibit featuring the Kelly E. Bennett Papers , which document the establishment of and connection between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Historical Association.
  • Liz Harper, Special and Digital Collections Librarian, will highlight three digital collections from Western Carolina University focusing on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, scenic images from their Picturing Appalachia collection, and the collection Cherokee Traditions, which documents Cherokee craft and language traditions.

Click here to register.

Contact: Pam Mitchem, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship & Initiatives, Appalachian State University Libraries, (828) 262-7422, pricemtchemp@appstate.edu

This project is funded by the Martha and Nancy Lee Bivens University Library Fund for Excellence

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