Author: GSMA Admin

  1. Smokies LIVE: Bringing the Smokies to You

    Smokies LIVE: Bringing the Smokies to You Note from Frances Figart, Editor of Smokies Life magazine: With Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed and Great Smoky Mountains Association currently only able to sell interpretive books, magazines and other products online rather than in park bookstores, we are offering you a virtual magazine, Smokies LIVE, a blog posted daily Read more...
  2. GSMA Temporarily Suspends Operations Within Park Visitor Centers

    GSMA Temporarily Suspends Operations Within Park Visitor Centers GATLINBURG, TN — Effective Tuesday, March 17, Great Smoky Mountains Association has suspended its bookstore, orientation shelter, and historical demonstration operations in visitor centers in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. GSMA is a nonprofit partner to the park, and its decision is limited to its operations within Read more...
  3. Welcome new GSMA Team Member Aaron Searcy

    Welcome new GSMA Team Member Aaron Searcy Join us in welcoming Aaron Searcy, who joined the Great Smoky Mountains Association team in January as the new publications associate. A writer, editor and occasional farmhand based in Knoxville, Aaron comes to us fresh from a stint abroad in Australia, where he earned a master’s degree in writing, publishing and poetry from the University of Read more...
  4. GSMA Nominated for Three PLA Partnership Awards

    GSMA Nominated for Three PLA Partnership Awards It’s our great pleasure to announce that three Great Smoky Mountains Association projects are in the running for Partnership Awards, a program of the Public Lands Alliance. The Partnership Awards celebrate the best in public lands partnerships, recognizing individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs and services that embody Read more...
  5. Great Smoky Mountains Association Marks 2020 with Calendar Showcasing Historic Photographs

    Great Smoky Mountains Association Marks 2020 with Calendar Showcasing Historic Photographs

    GATLINBURG, TN (November 15, 2019) — Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA) is proud to present its 2020 Great Smoky Mountains National Park wall calendar, a look back in time through the lenses of gifted Smokies photographers from the pre- and early-park eras. Featuring historic photos carefully selected from park and regional archives, the 12-month calendar shares images taken by such noted photographers as Jim Thompson (1880-1975), Doris Ulmann (1884-1934), George Masa (1881?-1933) and Carlos Campbell (1892-1978).

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  6. Full moon and cloudy sky can play tricks

    Full moon and cloudy sky can play tricks

    By Charlene Shiver

    Marketing and Membership Associate

    Saturday, 9:32 p.m. – A dark shadow slowly made its way across the scarred floor of the old church….

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  7. Back of Beyond Wins Thomas Wolfe Literary Award

    Back of Beyond Wins Thomas Wolfe Literary Award

    The Western North Carolina Historical Association has named Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography the winner of the 2019 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Written by George Ellison and Janet McCue, edited by Frances Figart and published by Great Smoky Mountains Association, the book is the 64th winner of this annual recognition of distinction for qualifying works of fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry.

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  8. Cucumber Gap Loop inspires parental guidance

    Cucumber Gap Loop inspires parental guidance

    By Karek Key

    I had just come off of a really bad and frustrating weekend of parenting. It was Labor Day, and we had way too many plans and stretched ourselves way too thin. After a lot of stimulation and not enough sleep, it all exploded on Monday. Whining, tears and mysteriously vanished listening skills all resulted in me overreacting and yelling. All in all, we were not at our best selves.

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  9. National Park Dedicates Dean Stone Bridge

    National Park Dedicates Dean Stone Bridge

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials unveiled a bronzed marker along the Foothills Parkway at the newly dedicated Dean Stone Bridge between Walland and Wears Valley.

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  10. Species-a-Day Calendar puts park biodiversity at people’s fingertips

    Species-a-Day Calendar puts park biodiversity at people’s fingertips

    A new Species-a-Day perpetual flip calendar available now in Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor centers allows park enthusiasts to learn more about a place renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life on each day of this and all years to come.

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