Monthly Archives: October 2010

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 look at the world of […]

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The First Lady: Museum pays tribute to Edith Bolling Wilson

The following article by Joe Tennis ran yesterday in the Bristol Herald Courier. Wytheville, VA — Happy birthday, Edith! The First Lady – Edith Bolling Galt Wilson – was born in a second-story apartment in downtown Wytheville, Va., on Oct. 15, 1872. In 1915, she became the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson. She also […]

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I learned how to push a machine without it biting me

On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first man to pilot the Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound, above the California desert at Muroc Dry Lake Bed. “We just didn’t know what would happen when we reached the speed of sound, because we didn’t have any wind tunnel data. We could put […]

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When the war ended, all the coal mine whistles blowed

My father was a coal miner back in the…well, he went into the coal mine when he was 12 years old, and he came out when he was 47. And he worked through the First World War, well he worked, that’s all he ever done, ’till he came to the farm. But he worked through […]

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The blacksmith of your grandfather’s day

A few years ago the blacksmith was the very heart and center from which the great machine world grew. In your grandfather’s time the blacksmith shod horses, made plough points, built wagons and carriages, and made all kinds of tools and implements. He could turn his hand to making guns or clocks or locks and […]

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