Author: Hunter Upchurch

  1. Lessons in Misreading a Smokies Map

    Lessons in Misreading a Smokies Map Story and photo by Hunter Upchurch In my history classes, I try to teach my students that, as much as maps can reveal about a place, they can also obscure other important information. For example, a political map of Europe just prior to World War I can help us understand the rivalries between the German and Russian empires, whose borders at Read more...
  2. The Magic of a First Hike in the Smokies

    The Magic of a First Hike in the Smokies Story and photo by Hunter Upchurch Inspired by a family trip to Douglas Lake in East Tennessee in the summer of 2016, I decided I wanted to give hiking a try. Though I had grown up spending lots of time outdoors in the rural Mississippi Delta, the main activities were hunting and fishing, neither of which had much appealed to me as a kid. & Read more...

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