Digital Museum of Appalachian History
Cades Cove Museum of environmental history
Created by the students in Luke Manget’s Appalachian History class at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in the spring of 2018, this inaugural exhibit focuses on the natural and cultural history of the Cades Cove community. Now a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove was once home to Cherokee people and Euro-Americans, who beginning in 1817, built a thriving community in the shadow of the eastern United States' highest mountains.
Appalachian history is full of tragedy. Among the topics addressed by these 5-minute mini-documentaries are the collapse of a once-thriving coal town of Pocahontas, Virginia, the destruction of chestnut trees, the last councils of the Cherokee Nation before the Trail of Tears. These documentaries were completed by students in Luke Manget’s Appalachian History classes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Dalton State College who had little to no prior experience making documentaries.