Monthly Archives: July 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 an ode to black raspberry season. […]

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The frog legs contracted in the pan and appeared to jump

Aunt Clarice was an excellent cook. I’m sure she and my mother got their special culinary education in French cuisine from their mother, Maria. Since my Uncle Augie was a company man and wasn’t on a time clock for the Rolland Glass Plant, he had an hour for lunch at noon. The glass plant was […]

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Open this skyscraper or I’ll jump!

The much anticipated grand opening of Lynchburg, VA’s first true skyscraper had been scheduled for July 4, 1931, but a last minute political twist changed the Oppenmeyer Tower’s fate forever. Joseph J. Oppenmeyer, a newly-transplanted European diamond mogul, commissioned the building’s design and construction in 1929. Construction had been steadily progressing for three years and […]

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The world was still and bright and fiery in the blaze of a July noon

He was at work in the field. The sweat ran in trickles down his back and cascaded from his eyebrows into his eyes. The world was still and bright and fiery in the blaze of a July noon. He rested between the plow handles behind the mare. Sweat traced little rivers down the legs of […]

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