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Blue Ridge Parkway author Anne Mitchell Whisnant speaks July 8 at Appalachian

ScenicBookJacket_t.jpgBOONE—North Carolina author Anne Mitchell Whisnant will talk about her book “Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History” Thursday, July 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Grandfather Mountain Ballroom at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

Scenic Book Jacket.jpg(Courtesy University of North Carolina Press)

Whisnant’s book is published by the University of North Carolina Press. Her talk will focus on the impact of the parkway, both regionally and nationally, and will include facts about the construction of this national treasure.

Whisnant’s appearance, sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons, is part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s construction. It also is part of  the library’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture series, funded by Irwin and Carol Belk of Charlotte through the library’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship.

Parking is available in the parking deck on College Street.

For more information, call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

Whisnant earned degrees in history from Birmingham Southern College and UNC-Chapel Hill. She currently teaches North Carolina and public history at UNC-CH. She also is director of research, communications and programs for UNC-CH’s Office of Faculty Governance and adjunct professor of history.

She has served as a consultant to the National Park Service and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Inc., the organization that is coordinating activities connected to the parkway’s anniversary.  Her study of the parkway’s history was spurred by her long-time love of the mountains.

Previous speakers in the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lectures include regional writers Ron Rash and Sharyn McCrumb, noted playwright Romulus Linney and children’s author Gloria Houston.