Monthly Archives: February 2011

A forgotten piece of West Virginia history

Please welcome guest author Kathryn N. Gregory, staff writer for The Charleston Gazette. Her article below ran in the February 19, 2011 issue of the Gazette. “The information relating to Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings in the original article was slightly wrong,” Gregory adds. “This information related to Woodson’s father’s paternal side of the family, […]

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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 wood frog, […]

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The frog who freezes solid for the winter

On bitterly cold mornings, when dry snow squeaks under boots and mustaches freeze solid, a variety of hardy animals keep the spark of life. An Appalachian frog holds one such amazing spark. The wood frog (rana sylvatica) overwinters under leaf litter in the forest floor—where it freezes solid. How can this be? By combining three adaptations, the […]

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When the mountain girl marries

When the mountain girl marries and responsibility is put upon her, she thriftily adapts herself to conditions. A young girl of sixteen who was about to marry was looking at my wedding ring one day. “Did you get that plain ring when you married?” she asked. “Why, of course,” I said, carelessly using a broad […]

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We need a certain class o’ people workin’ in the mine

Black Mountain, near the town of Lynch in Harlan County, is Kentucky’s highest point, rising 4125 feet above sea level. It runs along the border of Harlan and Letcher counties, and also along the Kentucky -Virginia border. Thousands of families, most of them Eastern European immigrants, streamed into the shadows of Black Mountain between the […]

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