Monthly Archives: March 2011

Time for a spring tonic

Doctors once prescribed a tonic. Sulfur and molasses was the dose. Didn’t help one bit. My condition must be chronic. Spring can really hang you up the most. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” (1952) lyrics by Fran Landesman; music by Tommy Wolf Time to shed the sluggishness of winter! Up till the […]


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 […]


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 Ed Wetschler’s description of […]


The Greenbrier Bunker: Cold War Shelter for V.I.P.s (part 2 of 2)

Please welcome guest author Ed Wetschler, executive editor of This piece appeared on the Tripatini site on March 15, 2011. Wetschler is the Northeast Chapter chair of the Society of American Travel Writers. He has written for The New York Times, Delta Sky, and (continued from yesterday…) We hiked through that endless, featureless […]

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