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Biltmore Estate Archivist to Speak at Appalachian

BOONE–Dr. Hal C. Keiner, archivist and historian at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, will speak at Appalachian State University Thursday, July 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information call Patty Wheeler at (828) 262-4973.

His lecture and slide presentation will focus on George Vanderbilt’s life and Biltmore Library, including the library as an expression of Vanderbilt’s intellectual development. Keiner also will discuss Vanderbilt’s book collecting at the end of the 19th century and compare his library and collecting to that of his peers, such as J.P. Morgan.

A graduate of Knox College, Keiner earned a master’s degree and Ph. D. from the University of Connecticut. He also has served as archivist for CIGNA Corporation and The Travelers Corporation, and has consulted for the Connecticut Historical Commission.

He has won several awards including three academic honors from the University of Connecticut.

Keiner is the university’s first Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecturer. A gift from Irwin Belk of Charlotte in honor of his wife will enable the library to bring a variety of lecturers to campus.

His presentation also is part of the university’s An Appalachian Summer Festival.