The author of “Corn from a Jar,” a new book that traces the history of moonshine back to its Scotch-Irish ancestry, will visit Western Carolina University on Thursday, Oct. 24, to give a free presentation focusing on the moonshine history of Western North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains.
Dan Pierce, professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, will speak at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.
Pierce’s latest book was published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. A noted NASCAR historian, he also wrote “Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay and Big Bill France” and detailed stock car racing’s bootlegging past for a History Channel special about Appalachia. Pierce received a bachelor’s degree in education at WCU in 1978.
Attendees at the Oct. 24 presentation also are invited to view the Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibit focusing on the Scotch-Irish migration to Western North Carolina, including its section about the duality of moonshine and religion in the mountains.
The program is being jointly sponsored by the Mountain Heritage Center, City Lights Bookstore of Sylva and the Great Smoky Mountains Association.
For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at (828)227-7129.