Linda Herman Miller Collection

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Linda Herman Miller Collection

Description

This collection consists of approximately 173 color slide images, the vast majority of them shot by local educator Linda Miller during the early 1970s. Miller apparently used these images for slideshows in her classroom sessions.

Of particular note are several dozen images of the 1973 Daniel Boone Wagon Train as it passed through Boone. The Wagon Train, which traveled over multiple days from Wilkes County to Boone, began as a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of North Carolina in 1963. The event would be held every summer until 1974. A revival attempt occurred in the mid-1980s but was short-lived.

Linda Herman Miller (April 19, 1948-August 27, 2011) was born in Watauga County to Mildred Hayes Herman and John Robert Herman. She attended Cove Creek Elementary and Watauga High Schools, then went on to earn a Masters Degree from ASU and a doctorate in Education from ETSU. She taught for years in the Watauga and Gaston County school systems. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph Franklin Miller.

This collection of slides was donated by a family friend, Carolyn Aldridge, with permission from Linda Miller's mother.

Contributor

Carolyn Aldridge

Rights Holder

Carolyn Aldridge has generously donated these items outright to Digital Watauga through a deed of gift. Any reprinting, redistribution, or other use of these images outside of Digital Watauga requires written permission from Digital Watauga and the Watauga County Historical Society. Contact Digital Watauga for additional details.

Collection Items

Road Through Mountains
A color slide showing a car driving down a road through a forest in the mountains.

Blowing Rock, Image 1
A commercially printed color slide showing the observation deck at the Blowing Rock. The Blowing Rock is a long-standing attraction near the town of the same name. Strong wind gusts at the site can cause some objects thrown off the rock to blow back…

Horn in the West, Image 2
A color slide showing the stage at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater, with set dressing and props for an interior scene set in a cabin. To the right foreground, three people and a child can be seen in the sitting area. This image was likely taken some…

Land of Oz Signage
A color slide showing a close-up of a painting depicting the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. This was likely part of an advertisement for the Land of Oz theme park in Beech Mountain. The Land of Oz, opened in…

Horn in the West, Image 1
A color slide showing the stage at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater, with set dressing and props for an interior scene set in a cabin. This image was likely taken some time prior to a performance of the play "A Horn in the West," by Kermit Hunter. "A…

Grandfather Mountain
A color slide showing several houses alongside a dirt road in the mountains. Grandfather Mountain, with its distinctive profile, is visible in the center background. Grandfather Mountain became a major tourist destination in 1952, when landowner Hugh…

Tatum Cabin
A color slide showing Tatum Cabin at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum in Boone. Built by the family of the same name in the late 18th century, the cabin was brought from Todd, North Carolina, and rebuilt by the Southern Appalachian Historical…

Great Smoky Mountains
A commercially printed slide showing US 441 winding along Sugarland Mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Originally authorized by Congress in 1936, Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers a large portion of the titular mountain…

Otter Creek
A commercially printed slide showing the Otter Creek Recreation Area along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Authorized by the United States Congress in 1936, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway which crosses the Blue Ridge Mountain Range from…

Craggy Flats Tunnel
A commercially made color slide depicting the Craggy Flats Tunnel along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Authorized by the United States Congress in 1936, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway which crosses the Blue Ridge Mountain Range from Shenandoah…
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