The Cherokee Trail of Tears

The Cherokee Trail of Tears Presented by Alice Taylor-Colbert. The Cherokee Trail of Tears story is one of political discord and ensuing tragedy as Cherokees faced removal from their homeland in the 1830s.  However, the story begins with wars between South Carolina and the Cherokee Lower Towns in the 1700s.  By examining the viewpoints of … Read more

Brethren of Spade & Pruning Knife: The Naturalists & the Carolinas

Brethren of Spade & Pruning Knife: The Naturalists & the Carolinas Presented by Ruth Miller. This presentation tells a story of international trade, natural history, and science from the days of exploration & colonization. This was a time of transfer, the movement of people, animals and plants; it is the Age of the Natural Historians … Read more

How To Collect Your Community Stories

How To Collect Your Community Stories Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) This presentation focuses on Oral History and its value to a community. Dr. Williams will share stories from two projects which he directed: the Appalachian Oral History Project and the Great Smoky Mountains Project. … Read more

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) The South has a rich tradition of folk literature that draws upon oral tradition and colorful language for its substance. Legends, folk history, songs, foodways, customs, and unique dialects permeate the ghost stories … Read more

Tales From the Mill Villages

Tales From the Mill Villages Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) The Folklore and oral traditions from the mill villages are rapidly changing as the they go the way of the coal camps in the mountains. Storytelling itself, the connective tissue of the community, has been … Read more

The Battle of Kings Mountain: First Link in a Chain

The Battle of Kings Mountain: First Link in a Chain Presented by Melissa Walker. In October 1780, backcountry men from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia marched over the mountains to confront British commander Patrick Ferguson who had threatened to lay waste to their homes “with fire and sword.” British General Henry Clinton … Read more

Chaos in the Backcountry: The American Revolution as a Civil War

Chaos in the Backcountry: The American Revolution as a Civil War Presented by Melissa Walker. The American Revolution in the South is the South’s forgotten war, and it was a true civil war. Much of the fighting in the South took place in the southern backcountry, that frontier area 50-200 miles from the coast, and … Read more