Author: Aaron Searcy

  1. Sepia Tones Welcomes Amythyst Kiah and Jack Tottle

    Sepia Tones Welcomes Amythyst Kiah and Jack Tottle In a new episode of Sepia Tones: Exploring Black Appalachian Music, hosts Dr. William Turner and Dr. Ted Olson talk to Amythyst Kiah—an acclaimed, Grammy-nominated musician whose work blending the genres of folk, rock, and roots music has established her as a distinctive new voice in Appalachia. Reconnecting with Kiah in this episode is Read more...
  2. Smokies Volunteers Chase Butterflies for Science

    Smokies Volunteers Chase Butterflies for Science Every fall, Great Smoky Mountains National Park plays host to what might best be described as a moving miracle. In the sunny, open valleys around Cataloochee and Cades Cove, iconic monarch butterflies descend to nectar and take shelter in fields of native wildflowers and grasses.  After their pitstop, the butterflies resume their long Read more...
  3. Park invites visitors to “We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga” Storybook Trail

    Park invites visitors to “We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga” Storybook Trail Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites visitors to experience the We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga Storybook Trail on Saturday, October 8, through Friday, November 12, on the Oconaluftee River Trail near Cherokee, North Carolina. This unique opportunity allows visitors of all ages to learn about Cherokee culture through dual-language Read more...
  4. A Sweet Harvest Tradition Returns

    A Sweet Harvest Tradition Returns Not so long ago, many farming families in Southern Appalachia celebrated the long-anticipated arrival of the harvest season with a special treat: fresh sorghum syrup. Today, thousands still flock to see the syrup-making process and get a taste of the sweet stuff when Mark and Sherry Guenther of Muddy Pond Sorghum host their seasonal Read more...
  5. Scientist Uncovers Secret Life of Soil

    Scientist Uncovers Secret Life of Soil Some connections in the vast web of life are little easier to see than others. In the Smokies this time of year, black bears lumber up the swaying branches of native cherry trees to feast on dark, sun-ripened fruit. Wood thrushes swoop down from their perches to snatch fat caterpillars and worms from the forest floor. A hungry snail might Read more...
  6. ‘Sepia Tones’ Welcomes Guest Dom Flemons, American Songster

    ‘Sepia Tones’ Welcomes Guest Dom Flemons, American Songster In the latest episode of the award-winning podcast miniseries Sepia Tones: Exploring Black Appalachian Music, released on Friday, July 29, hosts Dr. William Turner and Dr. Ted Olson are joined by lauded musician Dom Flemons for a compelling conversation on the many Appalachian influences and inspirations that have come to shape his music. When Read more...
  7. “Fishes” field guide dedicated to aquatic biodiversity of the Smokies

    “Fishes” field guide dedicated to aquatic biodiversity of the Smokies Great Smoky Mountains Association has published a new field guide dedicated to some of the aquatic residents of the Smokies. Intuitively organized and small enough to fit in a pocket, Fishes of the Smokies includes detailed photography and key details for each species featured.  Written by debut author Grant Fisher, Fishes of the Read more...
  8. GIS makes it simpler to map a complex park

    GIS makes it simpler to map a complex park Twenty years ago, the map room in Great Smoky Mountains National Park might have been dedicated to heavy, flat-file drawer cabinets—each one filled with stacks of intricately detailed maps of the mountains. These days, the room is much more spartan. Gone are many of the paper maps and heavy cabinets. In their place is a relatively modest Read more...
  9. Celebrating Four Decades of the Digital Age in the Smokies

    Celebrating Four Decades of the Digital Age in the Smokies Almost exactly forty years ago on April 28, 1982, an internal park service newsletter announced some terribly exciting news—Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be receiving its very first computer. “Eureka!” the editor’s note proclaimed. “We have one … a computer, that is …. Well, almost. The Read more...
  10. Appalachian Studies Association honors ‘Sepia Tones’ series with e-Appalachia Award

    Appalachian Studies Association honors ‘Sepia Tones’ series with e-Appalachia Award On Thursday, March 17, Great Smoky Mountains Association’s ongoing podcast miniseries, Sepia Tones: Exploring Black Appalachian Music, was recognized with the e-Appalachia Award at the 45th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference.  The e-Appalachia Award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding media source that Read more...

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