Religion spread swiftly across our new nation with the help of camp meetings where families, taking a break from farm labor, gathered for inspiration and socializing. In 1913 Southern Methodists created their own institution with the first conference at Lake Junaluska in western North Carolina. Capitalizing on the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, Lake Junaluska Assembly, a conference center of the United Methodist Church, became an attraction for inspiration, instruction, relaxation and recreation.
In a new pictorial history book by local author William E. King, over 200 vintage photographs present a well rounded picture of development, programs, recreation and activities during the first 75 years of the history of Lake Junaluska.
Highlights of Lake Junaluska:
• Distinguished speakers such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Billy Graham are depicted
• A chapter on “Homes with a story” relates unique accounts of family commitment and residential life at Lake Junaluska
• Historic images as varied as children’s playground activities, early aviation stunt-pilot antics and the election of Bishops
William E. King, historian, author and Duke University Archivist Emeritus, spent part of every summer of his life at Lake Junaluska before retiring there in 2005. With an insider's appreciation and a historian's perspective, he has created a thoughtful pictorial history that residents and visitors alike will cherish.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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