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We open today’s show with the details on Kentucky’s cave wars of the 1920s. Mammoth Cave is not only the largest known cave in the world; it has the distinction of being the oldest touring cave. And because Mammoth had showed the tremendous profit potential in cave tourism, competitors mushroomed. And they weren’t very neighborly.
South Carolinians have known about the mineral springs of Glenn Springs, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Spartanburg, for centuries. You’ll enjoy the story of how it went from being a deer lick to, by 1931, providing the official water of the United States Senate.
Next, guest blogger Beth Kephart will share a personal view of her famous great grandfather, Horace Kephart. He did public good (his librarianship, his camp craft, his anthropological Our Southern Highlanders, his passion for preserving the Great Smoky Mountains). But he also did private harm (leaving a wife and their six children behind to live the life he knew would save him).
Are you a scrapbooker? If so you’ll be able to relate to Stewart A. Cody, who worked as the Jackson County, WV County Agent in the early 1900s. The West Virginia Historical Photograph Collection possesses 36 images which were pulled from a photo album of his dated 1912.
As County Agent, Cody spent a great deal of time with the local chicken farmers, and the captions of these 36 photos, taken as a whole, provide a detailed insight into the practices of that time.
Have you noticed the soundtrack on the new PBS series about Appalachia? Will Benson, Assistant Professor of Music at Tennessee’s Cleveland State Community College, has. We’ll sit in on his professional insights as he reviews the new companion CD to the series, titled “Appalachia: Music from Home.”
We’ll wrap things up with a look at the paintings and writings of Ruth Bear Levy. In her book about growing up in Lonaconing, MD, Levy (1898-1994) wrote about how “all the pastel colors could be rolled out of the tubes for the pink, green and brown syrups covering fruits and ices in the ice cream parlors.” Mmmmm….that canvas looks good enough to eat!
And, thanks to the good folks at the Digital Library of Appalachia we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from The Skirtlifters in a 1990 recording of the early 20th century classic “Lindy Lou.”
So, call your old blue-tick hound up on the porch, fire up your corn-cob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.