November 8:  Origins of Great Smoky Mtns. National Park with Anna Fariello
December 13:  Annual Dinner & Meeting, 6 p.m., Sylva First Presbyterian Church

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The JCGS hosts monthly programs, usually  in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library,  every second Thursday,  at 6:30 p.m.  All JCGS events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit us on Facebook or call 631-2646.

November Program

     The next JCGS meeting will be  Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jackson County Library's Community Room. Retired Western Carolina University professor Anna Fariello will present "Great Smoky Mountains National Park: North Carolina’s Best Idea."
     With ten million visitors annually, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most popular in the nation.  Documentary producer Ken Burns called national parks “America’s best idea.”  Here in North Carolina, we think a park in the Smokies was our best idea. But how did that idea come about? The United States had established national parks in the West, but none east of the Mississippi.  As early as 1899, a group of Western North Carolinians began to advocate for a park in the region. 
     Fariello is the author of numerous book chapters and articles, as well as a recent book on Cherokee. She's curated more than 40 exhibitions, spoken frequently on topics related to WNC's culture, and has been an associate professor at three state universities.  Fariello has received awards from the N.C. Folklore Society, Association of Tribal Archives and Museums, and N.C. Preservation Consortium.
     This presentation is made possible through funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a nonprofit foundation and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. See for more information.