Anne Mitchell Whisnant and David E. Whisnant

After growing up in Troy, Alabama, Anne Mitchell Whisnant received her B.A. in history from Birmingham-Southern College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from UNC-Chapel Hill. She worked at the John Hope Franklin Institute at Duke University and is currently an administrator in the Office of Faculty Governance and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of History at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has worked as a consultant to the Blue Ridge Parkway and serves on the Board of Trustees for both the nonprofit Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and for Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Inc., an organization planning the celebration of the Parkway's 75th anniversary in 2010. She is active in the Organization of American Historians where she serves on the National Park Service liaison committee.

David Whisnant is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. He received a B.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and an M.S.W. from UNC-Chapel Hill. He spent thirty years teaching and doing research at the University of Illinois, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has received research fellowships and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has consulted with and served on the boards of many public and private agencies: Folklife Program of the Smithsonian Institution; Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; Maryland Arts Council; William King Regional Arts Center; Appalachian Center of the University of Kentucky; Program on Culture and National Identity, East-West Center; Foxfire Fund; Virginia Commission on the Humanities; American Folklore Society; and Highlander Research and Education Center.

David and Anne founded Primary Source History Services through which they do research and write for the National Park Service.

Books from Blair

When the Parkway Came (Primary Source Publisher)