UNC Asheville history professor (and HSNC member) Dan Pierce receives award

From: Western North Carolina Historical Association e-newsletter

The Board of Trustees of The Western North Carolina Historical Association cordially invites all WNCHA members to join us in honoring Dan Pierce, UNC Asheville’s NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, as our 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner.

Dan will present a lecture on his recent book, Hazel Creek: The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, home of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

Pierce will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions to the preservation of local history immediately following the lecture.

A specialist in Southern and Appalachian history, Pierce has written several books on the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including his most recent work, The Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which features 40 original posters and historical information covering a wide variety of topics relating to the Smokies. In Hazel Creek, Pierce explores the complex history of the boom-and-bust mining and logging town, now located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This event is open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation; free for members of the WNC Historical Association. For more information, visit olliasheville.com/special-programs.