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Filson Friday - Under The Lonesome Pine: An Author and an Entrepreneur in Appalachia’s Changing Landscape

Friday, July 28, 2017: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   28/07/2017 12:00:00 28/07/2017 13:00:00 America/Anguilla Filson Friday - Under The Lonesome Pine: An Author and an Entrepreneur in Appalachia’s Changing Landscape Friday, July 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Director of Membership and Development Laura Kerr Wiley will give a presentation on author John Fox, Jr. and how a meeting with Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston impacted them both going forward. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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In the 1880’s two young men from the Kentucky Bluegrass traveled to the Appalachian mountains seeking financial opportunity. They both eventually found success, although perhaps not in the way they had intended. John Fox, Jr. became one of the first American bestselling authors, while Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston grew a successful land and mineral rights investment company. The meeting of Fox and Thruston in Appalachia demonstrates the allure the mountains had in American society in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Fox and Thruston’s different experience of success in Appalachia is reflective of the outside world’s perception and exploitation of the region and its people.

Laura Kerr Wiley is Director of Development and Membership at The Filson Historical Society. She has a B.A. in history from Bluefield College and a M.A. in Early American and U.S. History from The College of William and Mary. Her research interests include Appalachian societal and racial history, the role of historical memory, and perfecting cups of tea. 


Filson Friday - Under The Lonesome Pine: An Author and an Entrepreneur in Appalachia’s Changing Landscape

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