Monthly Archives: September 2010

Thoughts on Appalachian Heritage Day at Ohio University

Please welcome guest blogger Shea Daniels. Daniels  is a Creative Writing major at Ohio University through the Appalachian Scholars Program, one of Future Women of Appalachia’s co-founders, and its Director of Big Ideas. “FWA believes that every girl deserves to be a girl,” she says, “and we believe that empowering girls and young women is […]


Time to gather the crops against the coming winter

Please welcome Jim Casada, a son of the N. C. Smokies, who has written or edited more than 50 books. His most recent effort, “Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider’s Guide to a Pursuit of Passion,” was described by noted literary figure Nick Lyons as “a book anyone who knows […]


Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly posts today

We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. You can start listening right away by clicking the podcast icon over on the right side of your screen. If you’d rather grab the show off itunes for later listening, click here: We open today’s show with a 1997 interview of Kentucky banjo […]


New book about NASCAR driver Louise Smith

When Louise Smith (1916-2006) started racing cars, most girls weren’t even allowed to drive. From her first wild adventure behind the wheel of her daddy’s Ford to the dangers and thrills of stock-car tracks across the country, Louise fearlessly paved the way for women in racing and became a NASCAR legend.  It takes a lot […]


There’s a ghost in this little banjo

Although she never gained the national recognition or recording status that other banjo-playing women in Kentucky achieved, Dora Mae Wagers (1927-1998), was—as the title to her self-produced cassette proclaimed—“A Legend in Her Own Time.” For forty years she played banjo on the stage of the Renfro Valley Barndance, and was often billed as one of […]

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