Rediscovered Great Smokies novel published after 80 years

October 19, 2009, 8:00 am
Author George Ellison been researching and writing about Horace Kephart’s life and work for just under 40 years. He wrote the biographical introduction for the book “Smoky Mountain Magic,” published exactly 80 years after the author’s final typescript had apparently been completed. The emergence of the novel is a major literary and cultural event. ...

Plan your next Camping Trip using the New Go Camping America Website

October 16, 2009, 11:02 am
Map out your next autumn road trip or get a jump-start on your summer vacation planning using the newly-launched Go Camping America website.  With an extensive database of suggested sightseeing itineraries and road trip routes, GoCampingAmerica.com is the perfect online resource to plan a local fall leaf-peeping getaway or ...

Like Creepy, Crawly Creatures? Read Dark Banquet

October 16, 2009, 10:57 am
Just in time for Halloween, learn about creepy, crawly creatures in Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-feeding Creatures by zoologist Bll Schutt. Recently released in paperback, the book is fascinating, but is not for the faint of heart!   This often goosebump-inspiring book covers everything from leeches to ...

Haunted Happenings: Spend a Spooky Weekend in Salem

October 16, 2009, 10:36 am
Spend a spooky weekend in Salem, Massachusetts at the month-long Haunted Happenings, an annual Halloween festival in the bewitching seaport of Salem, Massachusetts! The month is chock-full of events, museums, attractions, shops, haunted houses and fantastic dining. On Saturday, October 17, stop by Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a ...

Smokies families treasure memories before park: After 75 years, the mountain generation hopes visitors will continue to care

October 12, 2009, 8:50 am
They didn't move far, these children of the mountains.The government took their families' land to make the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75 years ago. But their love for the place kept them close, even if their new homes had no mountain views.Those who slid barefoot down Sugarlands' hills, ...

Let's call these men honorary residents of Haywood County

October 12, 2009, 8:37 am
Haywood County was never home to either Horace Kephart or George Masa. Their names are not written in the annals of our county, but both men left large footprints as they journeyed through our past.Horace Kephart was a writer and George Masa a photographer. Each had come to the ...

Yosemite Ranger Uses Life Story To Reach Out To Latinos

October 12, 2009, 8:22 am
Yosemite National Park sits on the edge of California's rural San Joaquin Valley, a farming region that's nearly 50 percent Latino. Yet few of the region's Latino residents ever visit the park.That's where Yosemite ranger Mauricio Escobar comes in, with an unusual job and a unique life story.You might ...

Post-tsunami repair for American Samoa mats, cloth

October 12, 2009, 8:13 am
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — The National Park Service says work is underway to restore fine mats and tapa cloths damaged when tsunamis ripped through its American Samoa visitor's center last week. Akenese Zec, the president of the Samoan weaver organization Inailau A Tina, is leading the restoration ...

Carl Sandburg home the perfect retreat: Author's North Carolina estate preserved as park

October 12, 2009, 7:58 am
In 1945, Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lilian, were in search of a new setting: She needed more space and a milder climate for her prize-winning Chikaming goat herd, and he needed a peaceful place to write. When Sandburg saw the splendid view from the porch of the house ...

Ideas to spout as Smith trail becomes national park

October 12, 2009, 7:52 am
Get out your sharpest crayons and get ready to color outside the lines, if you like.The National Park Service is looking for guidance on how to transform the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from an act of Congress into the nation's first national park with liquid rather ...

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