Authors to appear at Cedars of Lebanon Spring Hike

Staff Reports • Updated Feb 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The authors of a news book, “Postcard History Series: Tennessee State Parks,” will have a special event in March at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. 

The authors, Lori Jill Smith and Jane Banks Campbell, will sign books and be on hand to answer questions during the Spring Hike on March 18 at Cedars of Lebanon. 

The story of Tennessee’s state parks began more than 80 years ago when New Deal agencies worked to rebuild portions of Tennessee’s eroded landscape. 

Along with these conservation measures, the state’s early parks were created through the development of recreational areas. The Tennessee Valley Authority built dams that contributed to recreational attractions, and the Division of State Parks was started in 1937. 

All of these efforts, in addition to Tennessee’s natural beauty, have resulted in 56 state parks. Through their postcard collections, the authors invite readers to discover each park’s special place in Tennessee’s history and landscape.

Smith holds a bachelor and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, has taught adjunct at Columbia State Community College and enjoys historical research, photography and postcard collecting. Campbell is a freelance writer and former professor of mass communications and English for 22 years at Columbia State. They also authored Arcadia’s “Postcard History Series: Manchester.”

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