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Looking back at Lake Norman

Residents of Denver can learn a little history at the Florence Soule Shanklin Memorial Library April 11.
Edward Smith, 79, a former resident of Denver will speak on the growth of Lake Norman.
“In the old days what we called dry pond is now the Lake Norman area,” Smith said.
A native of Kings Mountain, Smith grew up with a family who appreciated history.
“In my generation it was much more highly regarded than it is now,” he said.
Smith and his late wife, Elizabeth, lived in Denver for 22 years.
She published 12 books during her career written for New York publishers Walker and Morrow. “Our Enduring Past” on Lincoln County history was a product that the couple compiled together. Elizabeth was editor-in-chief and Smith was chairman. The book won several awards and was cited as a trailblazer in the field of county architectural histories in North Carolina.
Elizabeth was very involved in Lincoln County. The library in east Lincoln was something that was very important to her.
“She would have been delighted as peaches to see the library building,” Smith said. “They have been doing such a great job.”
He donated money to the children’s wing in Elizabeth’s memory.
While in Lincoln County, Smith was involved with the Lincoln County Historical Association. He also ran a small textile firm in Denver and wrote articles on history as a hobby. He served eight years on the county Historic Properties Commission, he was chairman of the Lincoln County Bicentennial Commission and was on the U.S. Constitution and steering committee for the county’s bicentennial celebration.
Smith, now a resident of Charlotte, will publish his first book on the history of the Denver/Lake Norman area.
“It has a two fold purpose,” he said. “One, to preserve history and make it available, and secondly, as a memorial for Elizabeth.”
The books will first be published in paperback for Mecklenburg, Lincoln and Cleveland counties. Eventually, the books will be combined for a hardback version.
At his talk on April 11, Smith hopes to enlighten residents on the traditions of the area.
“I hope to create a little spark,” he said.

Want to Go?
April 11, 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Florence Soule Shanklin Memorial Library, 7837 Fairfield Forest Road. For more information call the library at 704-483-3589. by Amy Wadsworth

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