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Scholars & Scones: "The Most Frightful Time": The 1940 Flood in Context

Thursday, August 16, 2018
11:00 am12:00 pm
Scholars & Scones: "The Most Frightful Time": The 1940 Flood in Context

(Image caption: Flood waters ravaged the country village of Valle Crucis, piling up debris against the village bridge. Image courtesy of Mary Hazel Mast, Farthing-Glenn Collection, Digital Watauga Project.)

The August 1940 Flood claimed the lives of sixteen people in Watauga County and destroyed dozens of homes. It's also perhaps most famous for permanently ending train service to Boone. But where does the 1940 Flood stand in context with other flooding events of the past 150 years? And what lessons can we still learn from this devastating and tragic event? Dr. Eric Plaag, Chairperson of the Digital Watauga Project and a local historian, offers his view and takes your questions at our August Scholars and Scones event.

About the Speaker

Dr. Eric Plaag is the principal consultant at Carolina Historical Consulting, LLC, and also serves as Chairperson of the Boone Historic Preservation Commission and the Chairperson of the Digital Watauga Project. He earned his doctorate in American History with a specialization in Historic Preservation at the University of South Carolina in 2006. He has been instrumental in a number of preservation efforts throughout the Carolinas in general and Watauga County in particular. He has lived in Boone since 2011.

Scholars & Scones is a monthly educational program which invites patrons to spend a morning sipping coffee, eating locally-baked goodies, and learning about the latest research, writing, and creativity taking place in our region. There are complimentary breakfast goods from Ugga Mugga Bakery and fresh cups of Hatchet Coffee Co. Dangerfield Blend will be served. Unless otherwise posted, all Scholars & Scones are free to members and $5 for non-members.

This event is free for members, $5 for non-members