Thursday, October 29, 2009

Free Programs on Masa and Kephart

Presentations on George Masa and Horace Kephart will be given at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Auditorium on Saturday, November 21. These two men were pivotal in bringing the grandeur of the Smokies to the attention of the public.

Japanese born, George Masa (1881-1933) captured the essence of the mountains through the lens of his camera. His friend and one of the principal supporters for the establishment of a national park, Horace Kephart (1862-1931), eloquently captured the heart and soul of the Smokies in Our Southern Highlanders and other books about the area.

10 a.m.
George Masa: A Perspective on His Life and Works
Presented by GSMA board chairman William A. Hart, Jr.

1 p.m.
The Back of Beyond: Horace Kephart in the Smokies
Presented by retired park ranger Butch McDade

For more information please call the Visitor Center at 865-436-1291.

Speaking of George Masa, Bonesteel Films loaned a short snippet of rare National Archives footage of Masa to the Great Smoky Mountains Association. The snippet is featured in their documentary The Mystery of George Masa. You can view the snippet by clicking here.

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paulbonesteel said...

Hey Jeff, thanks for the link to The Mystery of George Masa on your blog; here is a revised and better site instead of the one you posted (I did not know that one was still active);

This site has a like to our research blog and more information about Masa.

Thanks again.


The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Paul - the link is now updated to the new site.