Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Sandlick Sportsman’s Club

When we think of coal company towns, often the first things that come to mind are the company store and company built houses. The Sandlick Sportsman’s Club in McDowell County, WV shows a different facet of the company town. Constructed in 1938, the building served as a recreational retreat for company employees of U.S. Coal […]


Kentucky’s Roger Cooper: Big Sandy River and Beyond

The following article by L. Scott Miller appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Fiddler magazine. Miller is a freelance musician, writer and educator. He is the 2010 Grand Master’s Traditional Fiddle Champion and is passionate about the fiddling from his native Ohio River Valley. Roger Cooper is a link to the past for what […]


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 guest author Roger Hagy Jr.’s interview […]


The Depression gave my family and me a gratefulness nothing else did

Please welcome guest author C. Douglas Ward, principal of Williamson High School, Williamson, WV.  The following article was culled from his master’s thesis, “A Case Study of an Appalachian Community during the Great Depression,” submitted, and accepted, at Marshall University in 1990. Ward is currently pursuing an ED. D . in Educational Leadership at Morehead […]


“It became very interesting to me that my work would somehow help the war effort”

She kept it under her hat for years, but now, the University of Tennessee’s first statistics graduate discusses how she did her part for the U.S. war effort in the 1940s, including her work with the top-secret Manhattan Project. How’s this for a job description? Manage the compilation of data obtained from a mass spectrometer […]

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