Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Red Neck Army marches to Blair Mountain

The Battle of Blair Mountain marked a turning point in the national movement to better the conditions of working people by demanding the legalization of unions. It was the largest armed labor confrontation in U.S. history, and it began on August 24, 1921. The highway historical marker erected last April by the state of West […]

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Historical earthquakes in western Virginia

On February 21, 1774, a strong earthquake was felt over much of Virginia and southward into North Carolina. Many houses were moved considerably off their foundations at Petersburg and Blandford (intensity MM VII). The shock was described as “severe” at Richmond and “small” at Fredericksburg. However, it “terrified the inhabitants greatly.” The total felt area […]

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And it’s home little gal and do-si-do

Traditional dancing in Appalachia includes several types: step dancing, set dancing, and couple dancing. Step dance traditions include clogging, buckdancing, flatfooting, and the Charleston. Set dances, involving two or more couples, include four couple squares, big set (ring) dances, reels, country (contra) dances, and play parties. Couple dancing, often referred to as “round dancing,” includes […]

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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 an appreciation for America’s most sociable […]

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Gloria Swanson on location in WV

On August 17, 1925, screen actress Gloria Swanson, her husband and her staff arrived on a special train from New York. They were in New Martinsville, WV to film “Stage Struck,” a movie about a restaurant waitress who dreamed of a stage career and started on a showboat. The idea has been done a hundred […]

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