On October 23, 2010, the North Carolina Society of Historians presented Bill Lowry with an Ethel W. Twiford Religious History Book Award for his recent book, The Antechamber of Heaven: A History of Lake Junaluska Assembly.
The North Carolina Society of Historians was established in 1941 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and perpetuating North Carolina’s rich history. Lowry’s book was recognized for the contributions he has made toward fulfilling the society’s objectives.
“We are extremely proud of Bill!” exclaimed Jimmy L. Carr, executive director of Lake Junaluska. “This book is a valuable resource to historians and locals alike because it provides insight into the evolution of not only Lake Junaluska, but the surrounding area itself. We are grateful to Bill for his thorough research and dedication to create a comprehensive history of Lake Junaluska. His recognition is well deserved.”
“This is a marvelous history of the Lake Junaluska Assembly that is easy to read and understand, has data chronicled by the decade, and is the result of an author who has paid meticulous attention to every detail,” read the Society of Historians judges’ comments. “We truly enjoyed judging this entry and feel it is most worthy of receiving an Ethel W. Twiford Religious History Book Award. It won by the unanimous decision of our five-judge panel.”
The Antechamber of Heaven chronicles the many changes that have taken place throughout Lake Junaluska – and Methodism as a whole – over the many years of its existence. With over 241 pages, the book includes many pictures from 1913, the year the Lake Junaluska Assembly opened, until present day.
Copies of The Antechamber of Heaven are available at the Lake Junaluska gift shop in the Terrace Hotel, and online at www.shop.lakejunaluska.com.