Tag: Kephart

  1. Marker to Honor Japanese Photographer George Masa, a New Kind of Picture-Maker

    Marker to Honor Japanese Photographer George Masa, a New Kind of Picture-Maker Most people know that North Carolina and Tennessee share the most visited park in the nation, and that the total number of visitors to the Smokies in 2021 exceeded 14 million. But many may not yet know that one of the figures responsible for the Smokies even becoming a park was a sprightly Japanese man with a big grin, a clunky camera that was Read more...
  2. Image for the Asking: The Many Connections of a Small, Nameless Stream

    Image for the Asking: The Many Connections of a Small, Nameless Stream Story and image by Don McGowan Although you may not be familiar with it, the wet weather creek in this image is associated with the founding history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As far as I know, the stream at this point in its journey has no name, though it will eventually merge its waters into Walker Camp Prong—half of West Read more...
  3. Mountain Time: What if Horace Kephart had Never Come to the Smokies?

    Mountain Time: What if Horace Kephart had Never Come to the Smokies? Editor's Note: Readers interested in learning more about the life and times of Horace Kephart are fortunate that GSMA published Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography in 2019. Co-authored by George Ellison and Janet McCue, the book won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award that same year. I recently hiked along Deep Creek in the Read more...
  4. New Horace Kephart Collection Showcases Previously Unpublished Writings

    New Horace Kephart Collection Showcases Previously Unpublished Writings A new book released by University of Tennessee Press presents the most extensive collection of writings in print to date by early Great Smoky Mountains National Park advocate and author Horace Kephart. Edited by Mae Miller Claxton and George Frizzell of Western Carolina University, Horace Kephart: Writings provides a perfect companion to Great Read more...
  5. What Horace Kephart Can Teach Us About Solitude, Simplicity, and Stillness

    What Horace Kephart Can Teach Us About Solitude, Simplicity, and Stillness By Frances Figart “Mountains! Think of them; speak of them; look upon them!... Here they are in all their majesty and abundance.”  These words were written in 1905 by Isaiah Kephart, who supported his son Horace in a retreat from society at a difficult time. They are words that could easily be said aloud by any of us as we look Read more...

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