Home movies offer new look at Smokies park

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Amateur moviemakers who captured a family vacation or memorable event have provided a fresh historical look at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as it celebrates its 75th anniversary and is rededicated Sept. 2.

Home movies are used exclusively in a new film, "Vintage Views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 1920-1970."

It's an 80-minute montage of mostly 16 mm film clips gathered from the private family home movies of residents of the Smokies and the Gatlinburg area nearby.

It's all there: The scenic views, the family hikes, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's park dedication, the mountain accents and the tantalizing taffy shops that developed in Gatlinburg as the Smokies became the nation's most visited national park.

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