Cassius Cash, the new superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, speaks during an event in Boston, Ma. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Press release from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to four open house opportunities to meet and welcome new Superintendent Cassius Cash to the Smokies. The open houses will be held in late February from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at each location. Two open houses will be held in North Carolina, and two will be held in Tennessee.

Cash most recently served as superintendent of Boston African American National Historic Site and Boston National Historical Park, where he developed many partnerships with the surrounding community. This will be the first opportunity for the public to meet the superintendent, who began working at the Smokies on Feb. 9.

“Great Smoky Mountains National Park is surrounded by incredible communities with a long tradition of supporting the park,” said Cash. “I look forward to meeting and working with park neighbors as we continue building relationships and partnerships that enable us to protect this special place together.”

The open house events will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Oconaluftee Administration Building adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C.; Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Barn Event Center in Townsend, Tenn.; Tuesday, FEb. 24 at the Historic Calhoun House in Bryson City, N.C.; and Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Calhoun’s Banquet Room in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The open house events are hosted by Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association, the Townsend-Walland Business Alliance, the city of Townsend and the Historic Calhoun House. Light refreshments will be served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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