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Park officials looking to reconnect with past

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are looking for firsthand tales of the park's origin.

The park is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and park officials are looking for people who had personal connections dating back to its early beginnings, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Congress authorized the park in 1926, it was established in 1934 and President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially dedicated it in 1940.

Officials are looking for people who were born in the Smokies at that time, people who helped develop its trails and infrastructure and anyone who attended the dedication.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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