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Chats in the Stacks: Janet McCue on Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Mann Library, Room 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Horace Kephart, a Cornell graduate student in the 1880s and later a Yale librarian, evolved into an enigmatic woodsman, author, and activist instrumental in establishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail that runs through it. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Janet McCue will discuss Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2019), which she coauthored with George Ellison and which garnered the 2019 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The biography is a culmination of decades of scholarship and painstaking research using collections at Cornell and beyond. The book chronicles Kephart’s conservation advocacy and its enduring impact on the land he loved, while also telling the multifaceted, personal story of Kephart, a man full of contradictions.

McCue is a retired associate university librarian, and a former director of Mann Library at Cornell University.

This book talk is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund for Mann Library. Light refreshments will be served.

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Cornell University Library, Mann Library


Mann Library, CUL, rare and manuscript collections, book talk, natural history, biography


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