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Brown Bag Lecture: Smoky Mountain Tales: Feuds, Murder, and Mayhem

Gail Palmer has added research and historical interpretation to what has heretofore been largely rumor to create non-fictional accounts of actual feuds, murders, and disasters that occurred in the Great Smoky Mountains prior to the creation of the national park. She brings history to life through these captivating and entertaining stories of her Appalachian kin.

A Blount County resident, Palmer has a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of Tennessee. She is the author of several books on the Smokies, including her most recent book, Smoky Mountain Tales, Volume 1: Feuds, Murder & Mayhem, which was the recipient of a 2013 Community History Award from ETHS. DVDs and books will be available.

The program, sponsored by 21st Mortgage, is free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at

Published September 17, 2013

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