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The Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (SMHC) was founded in 1924 by a group of people from Knoxville who wanted to experience the Great Smoky Mountains firsthand and to support the creation of the newly proposed Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Among the charter members were Paul J. Adams, Charles Barber, George Barber, Brockway Crouch, Carlos Campbell and James E. Thompson. Monthly hikes were organized. The SMHC was an early southern supporter of the creation of the Appalachian Trail, which eventually extended from Maine to Georgia. Harvey Broome became an early leader of the club and supporter of the Appalachian Trail, which was promoted nationally by Benton MacKaye.

The Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (SMHC) Collection was placed in the McClung Historical Collection, Knox County Public Library System, in 1956. The collection includes Board Minutes from 1929, correspondence from 1929, President’s Files from 1969-1997, Happy Trails (March 1992-) publications beginning February 1996 highlighting Appalachian Trail (AT or A.T.) news, Hike Notices (later known as Newsletters) from 1925, subject files, Ridgerunner and Caretaker Patrol Reports beginning 1995, photographs and slides, and two complete sets of Handbooks from 1926 to date. Continuing its traditions, the club continues actively to promote hiking outings, volunteer work, and conservation. Selected material of historical interest in the SMHC Collection up to 1960 has been selected to include in the Digital Collection.

 

 
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