Herbert M. Webster began taking photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains as a sixteen-year-old on his first hike up Mount LeConte in 1925. That began a lifelong love of photographing the Smokies. About 500 photographs taken by Webster between 1926 and 1955 form a new digital collection of UT Libraries. The Herbert M. Webster Photograph Collection is available online.
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Tennessee high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to a symposium sponsored by UT Libraries on Saturday, March 29. The second annual Big Orange STEM Symposium (BOSS): High School Outreach will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library. The symposium is free, but participants are encouraged to register online.
Rachel Radom and Ann Viera are two UT Libraries faculty members who are helping faculty and students do better research and share it with the world.
A federal grant and a gift from a veteran’s estate will help further the work of UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society. The center in partnership with UT Libraries has received a grant of about $19,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission toward the cost of digitizing 167 oral histories of World War II veterans from the center’s collection to put them online.
The Knoxville News Sentinel has highlighted the UT Libraries’ new digital collection that showcases its holdings of Civil War documents. Selected letters and journals in the Digital Civil War Collection capture the perspectives and personal experiences of soldiers and civilians. One hundred fifty years ago this month, the bloody Battle of Fort Sanders was waged
UT Libraries will commemorate the bloody Battle of Fort Sanders, the 1863 climactic clash in the siege of Knoxville during the Civil War, with a lecture Thursday, November 14, by Tracy McKenzie, author of the authoritative book on the subject, Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War.
UT will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, with its third annual National Day of Remembrance and Roll Call. The university will also create a “flag garden” on the south lawn of Ayres Hall as a visual acknowledgment of veterans, who are serving or have served, and UT Libraries will set up an exhibit of World War I and Civil War memorabilia. Members of the campus community are invited to place a flag in the flag garden in honor of a veteran. Flags can be reserved free of charge online.
Ruta Sepetys, who now lives in Nashville, is a former music industry executive and world traveler who has been knighted by the President of Lithuania. She’s also a best-selling author. Sepetys will be at UT on Tuesday, October 8, to talk about her two best-selling books for young adults. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by UT’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and the Knox County Public Library.
One hundred years ago, in June 1913, one of the pioneering feats of human physical endurance occurred when four men became the first to reach the summit of Alaska’s Denali/Mount McKinley — the highest peak in North America. Among them was a 21-year-old Knoxvillian named Robert G. Tatum. Tatum later donated his Denali diary and
Elgin Kintner had two passions outside of his practice as a physician in Maryville — photography and hiking. He combined the interests in a collection of panoramas of the Great Smoky Mountains he snapped on his hikes. Though Kintner died at age 90 in 2008, his private photographs are available for all to see now thanks