Yearly Archives: 2007

The pitiful victims live in a protracted hell

Before the organization of the Diamond Match Company in 1867, there were in existence throughout the United States over thirty match factories, employing about 4,000 people, and several of those were found in Kentucky and West Virginia. The typical match factory was very small, often simply the size of a medium sized house, and consisted […]

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History Channel to air Appalachia special this Sunday

Usually there’s no homework here at the Appalachian History blog, but see that nifty poll over to the right there? Well, I’d like to invite you to put that little baby to use over the next several days! Tell our community what you thought of ‘Hillbilly: The Real Story.’ Here’s what the History Channel has […]

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The Black Gold Festival

The Black Gold Festival kicks off in Hazard, KY today. It’s Kentucky’s second largest festival (the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon is the largest). Festival goers can see the Black Gold Bike Show, the Road Hazards Extreme Team Stunt Show, the Black Diamond Street Rod Show, Antique Appraisals, the Ugliest Lamp Contest, a parade, and an […]

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How ‘House of the Rising Sun’ traveled from KY to Bangkok–and back!

The song “House of the Rising Sun” has a murky history, said to have originated in Appalachia, maybe New Orleans and perhaps even England. The song’s ultimate odyssey began on September 15, 1937 when folklorist Alan Lomax recorded a version by 16-year-old Georgia Turner in Middlesboro, Ky. Lomax published the lyrics as “The Rising Sun […]

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Nashville? Well no. Bristol.

Yes, Nashville has the Grand Ole Opry and the big name recording artists. But Bristol, the town that straddles the Tennessee/Virginia border, stakes its claim as the birthplace of country music. And lately Bristol’s been working hard at capitalizing on that fact. This weekend, for example, the town expects 40,000 country and bluegrass music fans […]

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