75th Anniversary Weekend in the Smokies

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Several events are scheduled for the 75th Anniversary Weekend in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Throughout the weekend, from June 13 through June 15, the Smith Family will be performing at the Smith Family Theatre. Prior to each show, a video clip of President Roosevelt dedicating the park will be shown.

On June 13, a special performance will be given by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Cades Cove. The outdoor concert near the Cable Mill will feature Senator Lamar Alexander on the grand piano during a portion of the 90-minute concert.

There will also be special exhibits and programs highlighting the cultural history of Cades Cove.

On June 14, there will be an open house at the Park Headquarters near Gatlinburg which will highlight park development, park management activities, park architecture, and the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Finally, on June 15, the Oconaluftee Visitor Center will be holding programs and exhibits that celebrate Smoky Mountain life from the Cherokee through the establishment of the park. There will also be a ground breaking ceremony that will symbolically initiate the construction of the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

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