Thursday, November 20 7 pm
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Visitors Center
Please join us at Sycamore Shoals on Thursday, November 20 at 7 pm for a wonderful evening of fellowship and storytelling as Friends of Sycamore Shoals hosts their annual meeting. Members and non-members alike are all invited to learn more about the accomplishments of our Friends group and the many activities & educational programming that take place throughout the year.
This year, we welcome Steve Ricker, Director of Interpretation for the Overmountain Victory Trail Association as our featured speaker. Born and raised in Greeneville, Tennessee, Steve makes his home with his wife, Susie, in the mountains of Greene County. His life’s calling, history and art, is evident in the way he lives his life and through his artistic creations.
Steve’s commitment to preserving the old ways is evident as he comments, “My passion lies in the ability to teach and share my knowledge and skills with people from all walks of life, be it Native American or Frontier skills, highlighting the importance of good craftsmanship.” Mr. Ricker displays his work in many fine galleries both at home and abroad, researching the techniques and materials used by early frontiersmen and Native cultures, including weaponry and hide tanning for clothing and moccasins.
In the new Interpretive Exhibits at Sycamore Shoals you can see many examples of the fine work he and his wife, Susie, have created together. On the mannequins, examples of hand dyed and sewn garments, along with all of their accoutrements, have been primarily made by the Rickers. Additionally, other examples of the tools used by both Native & Frontier cultures are on exhibit in the Visitors Center of the park.
Steve also volunteers at both Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park and Sycamore Shoals, devoted to helping promote the rich heritage of our area through the interpretation of frontier life, hunting techniques, building shelter, and wood-lore.
The program he will present for tonight’s meeting is the “Story of the Overmountain Settlements & the Battle of Kings Mountain.” Presented from a 1st person perspective, Steve’s presentation will take you back to 1780 when this pivotal event in American history took place. Inspired by his personal ancestry, Mr. Ricker is descended from Isaac Morgan of the Nolichucky Settlement who served under Colonel John Sevier.
Mark your calendars now for Thursday, November 20 at 7 pm and spend the evening with us at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.