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Born in East Salem, Pennsylvania in 1862, Horace Kephart went on to become a leading literary figure in early 20th century North Carolina. Prior to moving to western North Carolina and becoming a full time writer, Kephart established a career as a librarian. His cataloging experience gave him a unique attention to detail that he incorporated into his later writings and research.

While still a librarian, Kephart began writing articles on outdoor life among his professional publications. This interest culminated in his first book, Camping and Woodcraft, originally published in 1906. A related book, Camp Cookery, was published in 1910 and later incorporated into a revised edition of the earlier book. He was already at work compiling photographs and observations for his next book, Our Southern Highlanders, published in 1913.

Later, Kephart turned his writing skills towards the successful promotion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shortly before his death in 1931, Kephart served as president of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association from 1929 to 1930. Throughout 2004, Hunter Library celebrated the 100 year anniversary of Horace Kephart's arrival in western North Carolina.

As an extension of these events, Special Collections and the Mountain Heritage Center joined together in creating an online exhibit of Kephart's life and works. Funding for this project came through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant managed by North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online (NC ECHO.)

 

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