Monthly Archives: January 2012

Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast 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 the story of the feud over […]


Doctor Claudius Meade Capps of Hogskin

Please welcome guest writer Bonnie Heiskell Peters. Ms. Peters grew up in Union County, Tennessee.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and is retired from TVA.  Upon her retirement she began recording Union County history and was appointed Union County Historian in 1994.  She has authored or co-authored 8 books:  Our Union […]


Scripts and Scrip

Reliving coal’s history to educate, entertain a community This article by Lisa Shrewsberry ran January 18, 2012 in the The Register-Herald of Beckley, WV. It is reprinted here with permission. Call her a living historian. The artistic meshing of rich heritage and exquisite hardship defining Appalachian culture is what coal miner’s daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter […]


Its wild spirit is true to the life of the West

Zane Grey is rightly known today as the “Father of the Adult Western.” The author wrote more than 80 books, featuring rich western imagery and highly romanticized plots with often pointed moral overtones. He’s the best-selling Western author of all time, and for most of the teens, 20s, and 30s, had a least one novel […]


Women, booze, dice and cards

It began as a coal and railroad center at the turn of the 20th century in an area fabulously wealthy in natural resources. The only way in and out of the town of five hundred hardy souls was via the railroad as there were no roads in those days. Women, booze, dice and cards were […]

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