Kephart Letters (6)

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Tessa Talarico (Creator)
Institution
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Advisor
Brian Gastle

Abstract: Horace Kephart (1862-1931) was a renowned author and librarian who changed the course of his urban life to pursue his true passion recording the intricacies of the Southern Appalachian wilderness and its people. In addition to many published articles spanning ten years of his outdoor experiences, Kephart published two major works; Our Southern Highlanders and Camping and Woodcraft are two books that still remain relevant and influential today and highlight Kephart’s skill of intertwining autobiographical information with historical and cultural study (“Hunter Library Special Collections”). Not only is he celebrated for his dedication to presenting a genuine portrait of the people of Southern Appalachia, but also for his dedication to preserving the wilderness which he loved so much. His active role in advocating for the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reflects such care for the people and region about which he wrote, and the peak named in his honor serves as an appropriate memorial (Ellison ix-xlvi).

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Publication
Other
Language: English
Date: 2015

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