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2012 Lecture Series:

Principal Chief Michell Hicks
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

CHIEF MICHELL HICKS was born and raised most of his
life in Cherokee, North Carolina. He graduated from Cherokee High
School in 1982, received an AAS Degree in Accounting from Southwestern
Community College in 1990, and a BS in Business Management in 1987 from Western Carolina University. In 1994, he became a Certified Public Accountant. Hicks has held various positions with the Tribe dating back to 1987 when he served as the Assistant Business Manager for the Eastern Band until 1990. From 1990 to 1996, Hicks served as a Senior Certified Public Accountant with Mahoney, Cohen and Company in both their New York and Cherokee offices. In 1996, he returned to Tribal service as the Executive Director of Budget and Finance until his election to the Office of Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in 2003.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on a joint Tribal, State and local government committee on Homeland Security. He also serves on several boards including the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Chief Hicks resides in the Painttown Community of the Qualla Boundary with his wife Marsha and their five children.

His hobbies include fishing, hunting, and golf. His greatest joy is spending time with his family.


Harold Holzer
Lincoln Scholar and Author

HAROLD HOLZER is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the U. S.
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and which he co-chaired from 2001–2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. Holzer has authored, co-authored and edited 42 books. His latest is Emancipating Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory (Harvard University Press), which Henry Louis Gates Jr. called an “essential guide to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.” In addition to his writing, Holzer lectures throughout the nation. One of his programs, “Lincoln Seen and Heard” with actor Sam Waterston, has been staged and broadcast from such venues as the White House, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, the Clinton Presidential Library, the Library of Congress, and Ford’s Theatre.

A former journalist, and political and government press secretary (for both Congresswoman Bella Abzug and Governor Mario Cuomo), Holzer has served as an executive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1992. He and his wife, Edith, live in Rye, New York, and have two grown daughters and a grandson.


David G. Anderson, PhD
Archaeologist and Professor at UT Knoxville

DAVID G. ANDERSON is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his PhD from the
University of Michigan in 1990, having earlier received an MA from the University of Arkansas in 1979 and a BA from Case Western Reserve University in 1972. All three degrees were in anthropology. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in the Southeastern, Southwestern, and Midwestern United States, and in the Caribbean. Anderson has work documented in some 400 publications and meeting papers, including some 60 books and technical monographs. He has served as President of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference and received its C. B. Moore Award for Excellence in Southeastern Archaeology, as well as the Dissertation prize, the Cultural Resources Management research award, and a presidential recognition award from the Society for American Archaeology. Professional interests include exploring the development of cultural complexity in Eastern North America from initial colonization onwards, climate change and its impact on human societies, teaching, and developing technical and popular syntheses of archaeological research.

He is the founding director of PIDBA (Paleoindian Database of the Americas) available online at http://pidba.utk.edu/.

2011 Lecture Series:

Stephen N. Dennis, Ph.D.
Historian and Author
“Unknown, or Unknowable? The Archaeologist and the Sociologist”

Stephen Neal Dennis was born in LaFayette, Georgia and is a great-great grandson of Abraham Belton Neal, who had settled in Walker County’s West Armuchee Valley by 1840. He is a graduate of the Baylor School in Chattanooga and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a law degree from Duke Law School.

Mr. Dennis’s career focused on legal issues pertaining to historic buildings and included an opportunity to help pre-pare arguments to the United States Supreme Court. He helped create the nation’s first state-wide revolving fund for historic buildings in North Carolina. Following that, he accepted a legal position with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC.

Mr. Dennis has recently published A Proud Little Town, a comprehensive history of LaFayette. He had previously written three books about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania architecture and community. During the course of his most recent research, Mr. Dennis reviewed military records that led to five chapters of the book detailing Fort Cumming and the Cherokee Removal. With continued research, he hopes to write two more books, one dealing with the forced removal of the Cherokee, and the other about the Union Army occupation of Chattanooga during the Civil War.

Bobby Horton
Civil War Historian and Musician
and the Chattanooga Boys Choir
Civil War Songs and Stories

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Bobby Horton de-veloped his lifelong passion for music at an early age. With musicians in the fam-ily, he was exposed to a variety of music from big bands, jazz and classical to Southern gospel, sacred harp, and “hillbilly.”

Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, com-poser, producer and music historian. He has produced and performed music scores for thirteen PBS films by noted documentarian Ken Burns, including The Civil War, Baseball, and National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

Founded in 1954, the Chattanooga Boys Choir is a music education and performance organization. It includes over 140 choristers in five different ensembles for grades 3 through 12. With a wealth of Civil War history in the Chattanooga area, it is fulfilling to give breath to the songs that were already living in the battlefields, cemeteries and strategic strongholds that many of us busily pass by every day. Acknowledging that many soldiers who fought on both sides were the same age as several of the boys performing on this program makes this evening’s presentation even more poignant.

Nevada Barr
Author, Artist, and Former National Park Service Ranger

Nevada Barr is an award-winning novelist and New York Times best-selling author. She has a growing number of Anna Pigeon mysteries to her credit as well as numerous other books, short stories, and articles. She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband, four magical cats, and two adorable dogs.
Nevada was born in the small western town of Yerington, Nevada, and raised on a mountain airport in the Sierras.

Pushed out of the nest, Nevada fell into the theatre, receiving her BA in speech and drama and her MFA in acting before making a pilgrimage to New York City, then Minneapolis, Minnesota. For eighteen years she worked on stage, in commercials and industrial training films, and did voice-overs for radio. During this time she became interested in the environmental movement and began working in the national parks during the summers.

Her first novel, Bittersweet was published in 1983. The Anna Pigeon series, featuring a female park ranger as the protagonist, started when she married her love of writing with her love of the wilderness. The fictional Anna Pigeon is a law-enforcement ranger with the National Park Service, and readers find her in any number of national parks solving despicable crimes. Sixteen Anna Pigeon national park mysteries have been published, with her next book, The Rope, to be released in January 2012.

Nevada Barr is the 2011 recipient of the Robin W. Winks Award, given annually by the National Parks Conservation Association to people and/or organizations recognized for enhancing public understanding of the national parks.

2010 Lecture Series:

Dr. Lynne P. Sullivan
Museum Curator, Professor at UTK, Archaeologist, Author
Mounds, Towns, and the WPA: The Late Prehistory of Harrison & Dallas Bays

Lynne P. Sullivan is Curator of Archaeology and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the Frank H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Sullivan’s research interests are the societal and community organization of Mississippian Period cultures. She has studied these late prehistoric cultures of eastern Tennessee for over 25 years. Prominent in her research are the large collections from extensive excavations conducted by New Deal-era archaeologists before the flooding of TVA reservoirs.

The National Science Foundation has funded her work, and she has published numerous articles and eight books, including The Prehistory of the Chickamauga Basin and, most recently, Mississippian Mortuary Practices.

Dr. Sullivan has served as editor for Southeastern Archaeology, the journal of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, and chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation. She also participated in meetings that led to the inclusion of Moccasin Bend in the National Park system. Before returning to Tennessee in 1999, Dr. Sullivan was the Curator of Anthropology at the New York State Museum.

A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, she received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and then the M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Gerard Baker
National Park Service Superintendent, Deputy Director for Native American Relations
National Park Service: Whose Story?

A Mandan-Hidatsa Indian, Gerard Baker grew up on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. His youth was spent breaking horses, running cows, and doing chores on his family's ranch. At night, he and his family listened to stories told by tribal elders—stories of warfare, great hunts, tricksters, and survival. When he joined the National Park Service, Baker held fast to his native identity, learning more about his people's history and traditions, and researching and collecting elders’ oral histories.

Baker brought this knowledge to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in his first job as a Park Service superintendent. He radically changed the park's interpretive program, bringing Native peoples back into the park and Native perspectives back into the story told there. As the first superintendent of Lewis and Clark National Trail, Baker oversaw the creation of a nationwide exhibit that brought the story of the explorers and the Indians they met to crowds around the country. While superintendent of Mount Rushmore, Baker continued to act as an agent for change. He brought an Indian perspective into the park's interpretive program, telling a more complete story of the site. There, he expanded his vision to embrace the vast diversity of cultural traditions and stories that make up our national heritage.

Recently retired, after serving as NPS Deputy Director for Native American Relations, Baker makes his home in South Dakota.

A. Wilson Greene
Author, Civil War Historian,
Executive Director of Pamplin Historical Park
Blue, Gray and Red: Native Americans and the Civil War

A. Wilson Greene has served since 1995 as the founding Executive Director of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier located near Petersburg, Virginia. Opened in 1999, the museum is dedicated to the common soldier, north and south, and features galleries that trace a soldier’s experience during the war.

Mr. Greene served as the first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites from 1990 to 1994, and is a Study Leader for the Smithsonian Institution for their Civil War programs. He is also on the National Board of the

Society of Civil War Historians, and has worked as a National Park Service historian at a variety of locations, including Fredericksburg National Military Park and Petersburg National Battlefield. Mr. Greene served two terms on the presidential appointed board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which oversees best practices and grants of museums and libraries throughout the country.

The author of more than 20 published works on the Civil War, Mr. Greene’s recent books include Whatever You Resolve To Be: Essays on Stonewall Jackson and Petersburg, VA: 1861-1865: Confederate City in the Crucible of War. His latest book is The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign, published by the University of Tennessee Press. Mr. Greene has recently moved to Hamilton County, Tennessee.

2009 Lecture Series:

Dr. Nicholas Honerkamp

Dr. Nicholas Honerkamp - Archaeologist, UC Foundation Professor

Dr. Nicholas Honerkamp has been an archaeologist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga since 1980. He is a full-time faculty member in the department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography, and was the recipient of the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award and a UC Foundation Professorship. He also serves as the Director of the Institute of Archaeology, and has generated over a million dollars in contracts and grant research at UTC.

He received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology at the University of Florida under the direction of Dr. Charles H. Fairbanks, and like his mentor he has pursued research at both prehistoric and historic sites for his entire career.

His papers, reports and publications include articles on British colonial diets in the Southeast, urban archaeology in Chattanooga, Savannah, and Charleston, industrial archaeology at the Bluff Furnace site, the history of the Citico Mound, and his most recent project was the excavation of a 5600-year-old Middle Archaic campsite on the banks of the Tennessee River. He is an avid long distance runner and biker (road and mountain), and plays bass guitar in two rock bands in Chattanooga.

Dr. Honerkamp will present a program entitled “Creek Or Cherokee at Moccasin Bend: An Archaeological Perspective” in which he will give an overview of the archaeological evidence—or lack thereof—for linking prehistoric remains with historically known Native American groups.


Charles W. Maynard

Charles W. Maynard - Author, Storyteller, National Park Friend

Charles W. Maynard is an author, storyteller, and ordained United Methodist minister who is currently serving as the Director of Development for Camp and Retreat Ministries of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. He grew up locally and is a graduate of Chattanooga High School. He has written extensively about national parks, and is the author of 28 books, 21 of which are non-fiction books for children. Recently, he has written articles for Tennessee Conservationist and Smokies Life magazines.

Charles received a B.A from Emory and Henry College in Virginia, and a M. Div. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as a pastor in Georgia and Tennessee and was the founding executive director of Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and in his eight years in that position developed the Friends into an organization with an annual budget of over $1.8 million.

Later, he worked as Director of Advancement for the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. Currently, he works with Camp Lookout, a United Methodist camp on Lookout Mountain.

Charles is a member of the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and chairs the National Parks Conservation Association Southeast Regional Council. Charles is an avid hiker, amateur astronomer, historian, and naturalist. He and his wife, Janice Scott Maynard (also a native of Chattanooga) have two daughters and two granddaughters. The Maynards live in Jonesborough, TN, near the International Storytelling Center. Charles’ parents, John and Lou, still reside on Signal Mountain.


Honorable Dirk Kempthorne

The Honorable Dirk Kempthorne - Secretary of Interior 2006-2009

Dirk Kempthorne began his commitment to public service as the highly successful mayor of the City of Boise (1985-1992). As mayor, he helped direct a renaissance in the state's capital city that resulted in record growth, economic development, and numerous national honors.

He was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 1992. His first bill, to end unfunded federal mandates on state and local governments, became Senate Bill 1 in the 104th Congress. He also authored the new Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996. Both bills were signed into law. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, he worked to improve the quality of life for American military personnel, reservists, their families, and veterans.

Kempthorne was elected governor of Idaho in 1998 and reelected in 2002. As Governor he obtained the largest appropriation for state parks since their creation. He championed mandatory sentences for methamphetamine manufacturing. He worked with neighboring states to develop a state-based solution for returning salmon runs in the region.

Kempthorne was confirmed as the 49th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on May 26, 2006. In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service he led the Centennial Challenge, a groundbreaking public private partnership to repair our parks and encourage visitation. Secretary Kempthorne obtained the largest operating budget for national parks in their history. A true outdoorsman, the Secretary frequently highlighted our national parks as a great American treasure and encouraged families and children to get outdoors and explore our lands.

2008 Lecture Series:
Robert G. Stanton
Robert G. Stanton
Robert G. Stanton – Former Director of the National Park Service

Recently appointed Undersecretary of Interior by President Barack Obama, Robert G. Stanton, former Director of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, has served as a Senior Fellow at Texas A&M University in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Howard and Yale Universities, consultant for the Natural Resources Council of America, and as the IUCN (World Conservation Union) ambassador for the Fifth World Parks Congress held in September, 2003, in Durban, South Africa. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Stanton grew up in Mosier Valley, one of the oldest communities in Texas founded by African Americans shortly after the Civil War. He is the Chairman of the National Council of the National Parks Conservation Association and Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of the Trustees of the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation.
Russell S. Bonds
Russell S. Bonds
Russell S. Bonds – Author
Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

Russell S. Bonds is an in-house lawyer at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta and a lifelong resident of north Georgia. He was born in Atlanta and grew up in Marietta, just a few blocks from the spot where James Andrews and his men first boarded the General on the morning of April 12, 1862. Russ received a B.S. with honor from Georgia Tech and a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Georgia, where he was the Executive Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review. He has published several articles and reviews on Civil War topics in national publications, including "Pawn Takes Bishop: The Death of Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk," Civil War Times (May 2006) and "Lieutenant Tecumseh: Sherman's First March Through Georgia, 1844," Civil War Times (forthcoming, 2007). He lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife and three daughters.
Alfred Berryhill
Alfred Berryhill
Alfred Berryhill – Second Chief, Muscogee (Creek) Nation

As Second Chief, Alfred Berryhill serves as Chairman of the Tribal Trade and Commerce Board, and the Muscogee Nation Business Enterprise Board. He also serves on the Claremore Indian Hospital Board, Okmulgee Creek Council House Board, Five Civilized Tribes Museum Board, and the Festival Committee Board. The Second Chief speaks, reads, writes, and sings in Mvskoke and is a Decon/ Exhorter, at the Tallahassee Indian Methodist Church, the church his father once pastored. He belongs to the Alligator Clan and his tribal town is Arbeka. His father was of the deer clan. Mr. Berryhill has served as the Administrative Inter (Economic Development) Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington D.C.; He is a graduate of Sequoyah High School and Haskell Institute. He also attended Oklahoma State University, majoring in business administration. Mr. Berryhill resides in Okmulgee County, Okalahoma and has a son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons.

2007 Lecture Series:

W. Richard West, Jr.

W. RICHARD WEST, JR., founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), oversaw the successful opening of its three facilities: the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City, the museum's Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, MD and its signature National Mall museum in Washington, DC. West has spent much of his life, both professionally and personally, working with American Indians on cultural, educational, legal and governmental issues. He says, "Native peoples are profoundly connected to their origins, the places they come from. These places are the source of community identity and cultural continuity." The Chattanooga region is the ancestral homeland for many American Indians, and the interpretive center on Moccasin Bend will tell their stories. West is Southern Cheyenne and a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

Don Barger

Emily Jones
Don Barger, director of the Southeast Regional Office of NPCA and Emily Jones, program coordinator for the region presented an evening of spectacular pictures and inspiration from our national parks.

National Parks Conservation Association president Tom Kiernan says, "America's national parks are the soul of our nation, protecting and celebrating our country's core values and treasures." The NPCA is the nation's leading park advocacy group and, since 1919, its mission has been to protect and enhance America's National Parks for present and future generations. The organization identifies and analyzes threats to our national park system and then works at local, state and federal levels to address those challenges. Recent issues include examining how global warming, pollution and decreased funding affect our parks.

Edwin Bearss
EDWIN C. BEARSS, National Park Chief Historian Emeritus and Civil War expert, served as National Park Service Chief Historian 1981-1995. Bearss is considered the pre-eminent Civil War battlefield expert in the country and was featured in Ken Burns's Civil War series. He travels and lectures over 200 days a year and is sought after because he "brings history alive to people of all knowledge levels . . . with rich and colorful anecdotes." Bearss has been described as "simply a genius of the battlefields of the Civil War, and has the ability to recall the campaign like no other, showing a knowledge of terrain and troop movements that is unparalleled. And, most importantly, Ed knows how to personalize the action and participants in a way that will thrill you."

   2006 Lecture Series:

Duane H. King

DUANE H. KING is Executive Director of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to joining the the Gilcrease, he directed the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles and was the Assistant Director of the Smithsonian Institution's George Gustav Heye Center, National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City. Dr. King also previously served as Executive Director of the Cherokee National Historical Society, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and Director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina. Dr. King has taught at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Cleveland State College, Northeastern State University, and held the first endowed chair in Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University. Dr. King serves as an Honorary Member of the Friends Board of Directors and consulted with the Chattanooga Public Art Committee during the design and construction of the Cherokee artwork on the 21st Century Waterfront.

Brian O'Neill

BRIAN O'NEILL is the National Park Service Superintendent of Golden Gate National Parks which encompasses 76,000 acres of land within Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. It is the most visited unit of the National Park System in America, receiving over 20 million visitors annually, and is one of the largest national park areas adjacent to any major city in the world.

Mr. O'Neill has been a leader in the National Park Service in the area of partnerships and creative, entrprenurial park management. He first met members of the Friends Board of Directors at a National Park Service (NPS) Parks and Partners Workshop in 2003. Since then, he has continued to advise and support the Friends in its NPS partnership endeavors with his creative and innovative approach.

Douglas R. Cubbison

DOUGLAS R. CUBBISON is the Command Historian with the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Previously, he was the Cultural Resources Manager for the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York for five years.

He is a 1980 Distinguished Military Graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and served ten years of active and active reserve military duty. Mr. Cubbison has four years experience serving as a test engineer with Department of Defense strategic and tactical weapons systems and has over fifteen years experience performing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and Cultural Resources Management regulatory compliance. Mr. Cubbison is widely published and his areas of particular interest are 18th and 19th Century American Military and Social History. He has worked with the Friends since 1997 and has developed a comprehensive Preservation and Interpretation Plan for Civil War Resources on Moccasin Bend.

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