Videos produced by Maples History Center

A short history of the life of Orton Caswell ‘Cas’ Walker (1902-1998) of East Tennessee. Cas was a entrepreneurial businessman, politician and TV/radio personality.
Who would have ever thought that a man from the mountains of East Tennessee and a woman from Upstate New York would find each other? And so much more. This is their unique story.
Oral storytelling has been around for millennia. Listen as a few of our favorite people in the Rel & Wilma Maples History Center share some of their earliest memories.
Oral storytelling has been around for millennia. Listen as a few of our favorite people in the Rel & Wilma Maples History Center share some of their earliest memories about military veterans, World War II, and Sgt. Alvin York.
Yes, it was a real thing – walking to school over the hills with snakes, bulls, kind neighbors, and some rather unique neighbors.
Ava Malissa Fisher Myers (1882-1971) was a true Appalachian woman using her strength, knowledge of her surroundings, and faith to shape her life in East Tennessee.
Meet Ruth Matthews, a lifetime Sevier County resident and former employee of Cherokee Textile Mills. She is an avid genealogist and long-time volunteer for the Sevier County Public Library System, helping out in the Rel & Wilma Maples History Center at the King Family Library.
Oral storytelling has been around for millennia. Listen as a few of our favorite people in the Rel & Wilma Maples History Center share some of their earliest memories.
Oral storytelling has been around for millennia. Listen to a few childhood memories of farm chores, indoor plumbing, and electricity in this area as told by a few of our favorite people.
Tim, Ruth, Jason, and Theresa share some oral recollections of time spent at school, corporal punishment, life education, and food preservation.