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Library hosting program on Kephart's involvement in park creation

A program focusing on the legendary outdoor writer and Great Smoky Mountains National Park advocate Horace Kephart will be hosted by Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library on Thursday, Sept. 26.

“Kephart: A Librarian’s Effort to Create a National Park” will begin at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the library. The event will feature a discussion with George Ellison and Janet McCue, co-authors of “Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography,” and George Frizzell, former archivist of Special Collections at the library. The discussion will be moderated by Mae Claxton, WCU professor of English.

Following the discussion, those attending are invited to an open house in Special Collections to view items in the Kephart collection, including some never before available for public viewing. Among the newly released items are correspondence between Kephart and his family and photographs of family members and family homes.

The program is being presented by the Friends of Hunter Library and the Great Smoky Mountains Association. For more information, visit this website or contact Heidi Buchanan at the library at 828-227-3408 or

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