Interns with (up)rooting Appalachia will share oral histories gathered from Appalachia’s townspeople at the Appalachia Cultural Arts Center during Coal and Railroad Days on July 30, 31, and August 1, in order to highlight the remarkable stories of the town.
Come hear what townsfolk such as John Clark, Sam Green, Emma Jane (Wright) James, Dr. Larry Fleenor, among others, told interviewers about growing up in Appalachia.
The exhibit will include quotes from the interviews, interactive activities, and opportunities to share your own personal recollections and visions for the town of Appalachia. As Fleenor told interviewers, “I think people who ask the questions that you all are asking are essential.” Organizers invite the public to stop by the center and participate, offering ideas that may become an essential part of Appalachia’s future.
Interviews were conducted earlier this year at ACAC.
(up)rooting Appalachia is a summer internship project conducted by Meredith McCool of the University of Virginia and Tessa McCoy-Hall of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. The Appalachian Prosperity Project is a university-community-industry partnership that uses a systems approach to integrate education, health, and business development.
For additional information, contact McCool at email@example.com or McCoy-Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter @UR_Appalachia.