Monthly Archives: May 2011

A better race of men?

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia, That whenever the Superintendent of the Western State Hospital, or of the Eastern State Hospital, or of the Southwestern State Hospital, or of the State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded, shall be of opinion that it is for the best interests of the patients and of […]

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Amaze your friends and irritate your enemies with it.

It’s the whispering foil, the flexatone, or simply, the musical saw. Some consider the musical saw an American folk musical instrument believed to have gotten its start somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains in the 19th century (oh, I suppose we can allow that carpenters and lumberjacks all over the world have discovered that their tool […]

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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 how Mother’s Day […]

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The WV family that brought us Mother’s Day

It took the individual effort of each Jarvis, mother and daughter, over two generations to forge the Mother’s Day we recognize today. And it’s a story with a twist, so buckle up! Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, of Grafton WV, had attempted starting a series of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in Webster, Grafton, Fetterman, Pruntytown, and […]

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The Presidents, the Magnolia Trees, and the Museum

Please welcome guest author Carol Ostrom, Resources Director at the Museum of Appalachia. At the Museum of Appalachia, visitors enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of springtime as it was once known in Old Appalachia—purple martins nesting in gourd houses, the earthy smell of freshly turned gardens, the bleating of young lambs and goats (kids) […]

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