Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
This collection from Al Watson consists of over 1,500 color photographs taken by Watson documenting trails, vistas, and other scenery within the Great Smoky Mountains. Also included are pamphlets, correspondence, reports, and other papers documenting activities of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club as well as other activities related to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Video interview with Walt McFalls, resident of Gatlinburg, conducted by Drew Edwards. McFalls recounts the day of the fire and the efforts he made to evacuate safely. He also discusses the visible changes over time of the forest recovering during the years following.
This collection documents the activities of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club from its inception in the 1920s through the 2010s. It includes materials such as correspondence, administrative files, photographs, handbooks, and more.
Video interview with Stephanie Sweeney, resident of Gatlinburg, conducted by Laura Romans. Sweeney talks about her love for the area and its history, and the hardship of being a new resident to the area before suffering the loss of her home. She also recounts the kindness she found in the community afterwards in receiving donations to start over.
Video interview with Ken Wise, member of the Rising from the Ashes project and director of the Great Smoky Mountain Regional Project, conducted by Casey Kaufman. Wise discusses the early signs of the fire and the role the wind played in the disaster. He also recounts the resurgence of life in the area following the wildfire.