Swept Away, The Flood of 1940 Presentation To Take Place Thursday

Last Updated on March 7, 2017 5:36 pm

Join the Watauga County Historical Society on Thursday, March 9 starting at 5:00 pm in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room at the Watauga County Public Library for a free talk and discussion lead by Paul Fuller on the catastrophic August 1940 flood. The 1940 flood greatly impacted Watauga County, and many of the impacts of this nature disaster are still prevalent today. Learn more about why the flood was so powerful and significant and specifically how it changed the course of Watauga County.

Paul Fuller, a public historian, works as a reference and genealogy specialist at the Watauga County Public Library, serves as an officer of the Watauga County Historical Society, and is instrumental in the ongoing work with the Digital Watauga Project. He earned his master in Public History from University of Massachusetts, Boston, and was a Merit Scholar at Western Connecticut State University. Since arriving in Boone, Fuller has contributed his specialized skills to the Blowing Rock and Watauga County Historical societies, and worked as a Historic Preservation Commission project assistant and architectural survey technician for the Town of Boone.

Fuller will discuss his research on the 1940 flood with a lecture and corresponding presentation. Community members with memories, photographs, or other information regarding the 1940 are invited to come and share their materials. Light refreshments will be served starting at 5:00 pm with the program beginning at 5:30 pm.
To learn more about the Watauga County Historical Society and the Digital Watauga Project visit and

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