Ijams Nature Center, Tennessee (Images of America Series)

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Ijams Nature Center, on the banks of the Tennessee River, evolved from humble beginnings during the early 20th century into a natural showplace known as the Island Home Bird Sanctuary. Developed by Harry Ijams, Knoxville's leading ornithologist, and Alice Yoe Ijams, "First Lady of Knoxville Garden Clubs," the Ijams property has been a gathering point for birders and nature-lovers for more than a century. Girl Scouting has been a fixture at Ijams since 1923, followed by Camp Mary Ijams, and Camp Margaret Townsend ...

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Overview

Ijams Nature Center, on the banks of the Tennessee River, evolved from humble beginnings during the early 20th century into a natural showplace known as the Island Home Bird Sanctuary. Developed by Harry Ijams, Knoxville's leading ornithologist, and Alice Yoe Ijams, "First Lady of Knoxville Garden Clubs," the Ijams property has been a gathering point for birders and nature-lovers for more than a century. Girl Scouting has been a fixture at Ijams since 1923, followed by Camp Mary Ijams, and Camp Margaret Townsend in the Smokies was created in part through Ijams and Townsend family ties. Harry Ijams also helped establish the first official campsite on Mount LeConte and used his artistry as a commercial illustrator to promote the Smoky Mountains as a national park. Over the years, Ijams Nature Center has grown in size and stature to become the region's leading wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center incorporating Mead's Quarry, which in its heyday produced Tennessee marble used both in local buildings and national monuments.

The Image of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738585796
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/17/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Author Paul James, executive director at Ijams Nature Center, chronicles the Ijams legacy and development of the wildlife sanctuary through a fascinating collection of vintage photographs, maps, and illustrations from the Ijams family archives and local sources.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Ijams Family 9

2 House and Garden of Long Shadows 27

3 An Ijams Christmas 43

4 Mount LeConte 51

5 The Girl Scout Connection 59

6 The Bird Sanctuary 73

7 Creating a Public Nature Park 95

8 An Emerging Nature Center 103

9 Tennessee Marble Quarries 113

About the Author 127

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