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We open today’s show with a piece by guest author Nancy L. Smith. Smith, a Rome, GA native, chronicles the rise of one Ellen Axson from her beginnings in Rome, to her days in the White House as Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. “Ellen was uncertain about becoming First Lady,” says Smith, “but quickly rose to the task. She soon set her own agenda by becoming involved in Washington social causes, and hosting receptions of all sizes.” On March 11, Nancy Smith will present a slide-lecture and discussion about Ellen Axson Wilson and the accompanying 2014 year of activities planned in Rome at the Rome Area History Museum.
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a calendar of events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
We’ll wrap things up with guest author Gordon Belt, discussing his new book John Sevier: Tennessee’s First Hero. “Sevier’s story is one of contradictions,” says Belt. “On the one hand, he rose to prominence as a legend on the frontier and a hero of the American Revolution. He demonstrated political savvy, guiding Tennessee to statehood and becoming its first governor. On the other hand, Sevier was human, and his actions revealed a man less than perfect.” John Sevier: Tennessee’s First Hero is published by the History Press, and will be available March 25.
And thanks to the good folks at the Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Bill & Jim Fuller in a 1965 recording of Eighth of January.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.