Lincoln Memorial University history instructor and Abraham Lincoln Institute for Leadership and Public Policy Research Fellow Natalie Sweet will be at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on Tuesday to sign her first book “Images of America: Harrogate and Cumberland Gap” (Arcadia, $21.99).
Published by Arcadia Publishing, the book is a pictorial history that examines the past of two Appalachian communities nestled in the mountains where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia converge. Compiled from the LMU archives and personal holdings, the book contains numerous images of buildings, students, faculty and residents from the 1860s to present day.
“Images of America: Harrogate and Cumberland Gap” tells the story of a British investor who dreamed of creating a resort town to rival the spas of Europe, the circumstances that crushed that dream and the promise a Civil War general was able to keep when that dream came crumbling down. It shares the stories of presidential visits and movie premieres in Harrogate and the dawning of a new age as locomotives rumbled through Cumberland Gap and takes a look at the region as the Great Depression takes hold in the 1930s and 1940s.
Sweet, a native of Claiborne County, Tenn., is a 2008 graduate of LMU. Her interest in local history was born from the stories told to her by family members while she was growing up. Sweet worked as a student volunteer and intern at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum while she was a student at LMU. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and currently serves as an adjunct instructor for the LMU History Department. When not teaching or doing historical research, Sweet enjoys experiencing life through the eyes of her three year-old son, Eli.
Sweet will be on hand at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum to sign books from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Its mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Discover more than 8,500 small towns and downtowns at http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 423-869-6235.