Bradley Lawson Collection


Bradley Lawson Collection


This collection was donated to Digital Watauga by Bradley Lawson and contains two items of note from the 1949 Watauga County Centennial.

The first item is a history of Watauga County written by Daniel Jay Whitener (1898-1964). Whitener was a historian and a faculty member of Appalachian State Teachers College (now Appalachian State University). He was the chair of the social studies department and later the dean of the college. His history booklet covers Watauga County from 1849 to 1949, and was released as a souvenir for the Watauga Centennial. The booklet includes a history of Appalachian State and a synopsis of the centennial performance of "Echoes of the Blue Ridge."

The second item in the collection is a program from the 1949 centennial performance of "Echoes of the Blue Ridge" that depicted the history of Watauga County, NC. Page 56 of Whitener's booklet gives a synopsis of this performance (item 001 of this collection). It eventually led to the writing of the long-running dram "Horn in the West" by Kermit Hunter, which premiered in 1952.


Bradley Lawson


Bradley Lawson generously gave these items to Digital Watauga through an outright donation. Any reprinting, redistribution, or other use of these images outside of Digital Watauga requires written permission from the Digital Watauga Project. Contact Digital Watauga directly for additional details.

Collection Items

"Echoes of the Blue Ridge" Program
This item is a program for the "Echoes of the Blue Ridge" performance during the Watauga Centennial in July of 1949. The program indicates the performance was held at A. S. T. C. Athletic Stadium (Appalachian State Teachers College, now Appalachian…

Daniel J. Whitener's History of Watauga County, 1949 Centennial Souvenir
This item is a history of Watauga County from 1849-1949 and Appalachian State Teachers College (now Appalachian State University) from 1899-1949. This history was written by Daniel J. Whitener, the head of the Department of Social Studies at…
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