Yearly Archives: 2007

‘Daniel Boone’ opens at the Palace

NY TIMES (Oct 24, 1936): “Further evidence of Hollywood’s knack of distorting historical characters into stock figures of blood-and-thunder fiction is presented at the Palace in “Daniel Boone,” which purports to be a reasonably accurate chronicle of the frontiersman’s trek with a party of settlers from Yadkin, N. C., across the trackless Cumberland Mountains up […]


He lubricated the grass in front of me with real tobacco juice

“I was born on the Virginia Polytech Institute campus in October 1903, the son of Dr. Ellison Adger Smyth, Jr. of Charleston, South Carolina who came here with Dr. McBryde to found the Biology Department in 1891. “Mama, my mother, being from Charleston, did not feel that the house was really established unless there was […]


One click online historical research

Ever wish you could access all the libraries and archives you need for your historical research efforts from just one link? I know I have in the course of writing for the Appalachian History blog. Online Education Database, of Chicago, seems to have sensed this need. I got an email the other day from the […]


Recorded by Uncle Fuzz in Johnson City

“The 1927 Sessions in Bristol [TN] were so successful artistically and in terms of commercial sales,” says Dr. Ted Olsen, interim director of East Tennessee State University’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, “that the other labels said, ‘Aha, Victor is doing something really smart’ … by going to the mountains to get the music […]


Seven generations of stubbornness

Scots-Irish Impact on the Appalachian region Please welcome guest blogger Byron Chesney. By day a computer applications engineer in Knoxville, TN, Chesney is also an active observer of the Southern Appalachian scene on his numerous Tennessee and Knoxville area related websites. Somewhere in all that he manages to eat and sleep! Stubborn, proud, independent, rugged, […]

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