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Myth, Reality, & Moonshine in the Mountains with Daniel S. Pierce

June 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 PM, we are continuing our hybrid Speaker Series with Dr. Daniel Pierce, Professor of History and Distinguished Interdisciplinary Professor of the Mountain South at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Dr. Pierce will join us in-person at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and via Zoom for a conversation about ”That’s Why All the Folks on Rocky Top Get Their Corn From a Jar: Myth, Reality, and Moonshine in the Southern Mountains.”

This program is supplementary programming to go along with our current special exhibit “It’ll Tickle Yore Innards!”: A (Hillbilly) History of Mountain Dew. All in-person Speaker Series attendees will be able to visit the special exhibit for FREE between 6:00 and 7:00pm before the program.

About Daniel S. Pierce

Dr. Daniel Pierce is the author of Tarheel Lightnin’: How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World (UNC Press, October 2019), The Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park (UT Press, 2000), Corn From a Jar:  Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2013), Hazel Creek: The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community  (Great Smoky Mountains Association, March 2017), and the first truly comprehensive history of early NASCAR, Real NASCAR:  White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France (UNC Press, 2010). He has also recently collaborated with renowned Nashville, Tennessee poster artist Joel Anderson to produce the Illustrated Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Illustrated Guide to Exploring the Grand Circle: Utah and Arizona.

Pierce is Professor of History and Distinguished Interdisciplinary Professor of the Mountain South at the University of North Carolina Asheville where he teaches courses in Appalachian, North Carolina, Southern, and Environmental History, and the National Parks and serves as “Resident Professional Hillbilly”!

COVID-19 Policy

We request that in-person attendees present their COVID-19 vaccine card or proof of a negative test when checking in for the program.


The event is free, but pre-registration is required.


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June 21, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Birthplace of Country Music
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Birthplace of Country Music Museum
520 Birthplace of Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201 United States
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