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Smoky Mountain Publishers offers DVDs and BOOKS written and produced by Dr. Gail Palmer based on her research into cultural studies of people of the Great Smoky Mountains.

A "Special Service" for Smoky Mountain Publishers Readers
from Dr. Gail Palmer

I realize many of you are doing research about ancestors who used to live within what is now GSMNP. If you have a particular question about someone who lived in the Smokies and/or who may be buried in one of the cemeteries, contact me at lpalmer@utk.edu. I will be happy to do a search for you and happy to share directions to any of the many cemeteries in GSMNP.

Let me take this opportunity to thank the many people who have reached out to me throughout my writing and research career. Your support and your generosity have meant so much to me. I will continue to be on the “talk tours,” sharing stories about our beloved Smoky Mountain people. I love visiting with all you folks who have been so generous in your comments. Thank you so very much! You have always “lifted me up” in such a wonderful way, and I've made so many new friends and reunited with so many old friends as I've made presentations throughout East Tennessee and North Carolina.

Please check out the listings below for help. However, if there's a book about GSMNP or cemeteries not listed here, please contact me to see if I can point you in the right direction to obtain any books with the information you need. We have many knowledgeable writers and researchers in this area, and I know you can find at least one (maybe more!) books about the Smokies to add to your collection.

Check out historical societies of the area in which you have an interest. (Be sure to call first for office hours, since many are staffed by volunteers.)
Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society, Maryville, TN (located inside Blount County Public Library, Maryville).
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Sevier County Historical Society, Sevierville.
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East Tennessee Genealogical & Historical Society, Knoxville.
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Northshore Cemetery Association, NC (look online for boat schedule of visits to cemeteries across Fontana Lake, NC, from April through October. Taking one of these trips will give you a wonderful chance to meet people who are descendants of those buried in the cemeteries in the Northshore area across Fontana Lake or in Lauada Cemetery near Bryson City, NC.
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Swain County Genealogical & Historical Society, Bryson City, NC. They have several books available, including Cemeteries of Swain County.
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Buncombe County, Graham County, Jackson County—all have their own genealogical & historical societies.

Check out these books.
Hiking Trails of the Smokies, GSMNHA.
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History Hikes of the Smokies, Michael Strutin, GSMA.
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Hiking of the Great Smoky Mountains: A Comprehensive Guide, UT Press, Ken Wise.
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Smoky Mountain Cemeteries, Mike Maples, 2017.

Check out this online historic photograph collection.
There are 14,000 historic images on this National Park site that can be downloaded and used for presentations and other projects. Go to https://openparksnetwork.org/explore/parks/grsm/


2018 Upcoming Book Signings and Talks
by Dr. Gail Palmer




Tuesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 12, 2018
Wilderness Wildlife Festival

LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Smoky Mountain Publishers will have booth 39 there and will offer
Smoky Mountain Tales and other books by Palmer
including Feuds, Murder & Mayhem and Midwives' Quilt. Dr. Palmer will deliver two talks during the week:

Friday, May 11, 1:30-2:30, Greenbriar A
And Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m.-Noon



Please contact Smoky Mountain Publishers
about author availability for speaking engagements.
Smoky Mountain Publishers • Dr. Gail Palmer • P.O. Box 684 • Alcoa, TN 37701 • lpalmer@utk.edu



In addition to events open to the public, Dr. Palmer is available to present programs for private groups such as book clubs which are for members only. For example, Dr. Gail Palmer recently presented a program to members of the Farragut Book Club and also spoke at a meeting of the Daughters of Colonialists in Knoxville.




Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she served as director of the Advising Center for the College of Communications and taught Basic News Writing.

Dr. Palmer's deep interest in this area arises from her family's history in Cades Cove. Her grandfather, John Marion Sparks, and grandmother, Elizabeth Shular Sparks, lived in the Cove as did her great, great grandparents, Nathan and Jane Potter Sparks, for whom Sparks Lane in Cades Cove is named.

In June 2017, Dr. Palmer was elected to the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Schoolhouse in Blount County, Tennessee.


Dr. Palmer holds a Community History Award from the East Tennessee Historical Society. The award states, "Dr. Gail Palmer has produced a large body of work on the Great Smoky Mountains...Her books share a native's look at the mountain people, a captivating and entertaining model for communicating local history through storytelling." Betty B. Best, journal editor, Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society, nominated Palmer for the ETHS May 2013 award.



Dr. Palmer recently tested her hiking skills, breaking away from her usual writing time at the computer. She's pictured here where the Boulevard and Appalachian trails intersect.




Click here to purchase Dr. Palmer's books and DVDs from Amazon.com.


BOOKS

To order any of Dr. Palmer's books or DVDs, send an email to lpalmer@utk.edu. Include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. An email will be sent to you to verify the number of copies you wish to order, how you wish to make payment, and if you want a copy signed by Dr. Palmer.




The Midwives' Quilt:
A Tale of Conflict and Intrigue in the Smoky Mountains


On November 19, 2016, Dr. Palmer was interviewed on Cleveland, TN's nonprofit WOOP-FM 99.9 radio about The Midwives' Quilt Click here to watch the show.
A review from the Judge, 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards:
"I've spent a great deal of time since my childhood in the Smoky Mountains for family holidays, so I feel that I know the region rather well, and I'm pleased to report that Dr. Gail Palmer manages to capture the place quite well on paper in The Midwives Quilt. She's clearly done a great deal of research and has a deep feeling for the area and its people, and she is to be commended for the thoroughness of the work she's done. . . . Palmer has created a nicely-paced piece of work, her research is quite commendable, and her passion for the project is evident throughout."
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An interview with Dr. Palmer from her appearance on Cleveland, TN's Woop-FM on November 19, 2016, is now available on YouTube. Click here here to watch the show.
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Dr. Palmer appeared on "Live at Five at Four" on WBIR-TV in Knoxville on June 24, 2016,
where she was interviewed about The Midwives' Quilt. Click here here to watch the show.










Smoky Mountain Tales: Feuds, Murder & Mayhem Volumes 1 and 2








GSMNP...In the Beginning: Fact, Legend & Eminent Domain



DVDs




Sacred Places of the Smokies




When Mama Was the Doctor




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Thanks for your interest!



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