Monthly Archives: August 2013

You really had to work to keep them molasses

“[My grandparents] had a molasses mill; they made molasses. I used to help make them, too. [They made molasses to sell.] And they made for people. They’d make molasses for six weeks or longer at a time, every day except Sunday. Sometimes they didn’t make them on Saturday. It was usually five days a week. […]

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Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast posts today

We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. Check us out on the Stitcher network, available on mobile phones, in-car dashboards and tablets worldwide. Just click below to start listening: We open today’s show with a look at child lore: the folklore of children, by children, about children. Fairmont State University […]

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Whenever he could get a little money saved up he would buy an option on a piece of land

John C.C. Mayo (1864-1914) was born a poor mountaineer in Paintsville, KY, and by the time of his premature death at 49 of Bright’s Disease, had amassed a fortune in the neighborhood of $20,000,000, making him Kentucky’s wealthiest man. Mayo became a teacher at age 16, interrupted his classroom activities to enroll in Kentucky Wesleyan […]

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Author Nadia Dean to discuss Cherokee War of 1776 tomorrow

Legend suggests the origins of his name. When he was a boy, his father, Attakullakulla, was setting off with a war party. He begged his father to take him along. He was too young, his father told him, but he persisted. His father challenged hi: if he moved the canoe, he could go. As he pulled the heavy canoe across a stretch of shoreline, the warriors began yelling, “Look, he’s dragging the canoe!” From then on, his people called him Tsiyugunsini, meaning, Dragging Canoe.

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“Mountain Mother Goose” Open House & Book Signing Set for Aug. 25

“Child lore is the folklore of children, by children, about children. Boys and girls have always played games, sung songs, clapped out riddles and jumped rope to rhymes. Primal drives for social intervention and acceptance among their peers universally direct youth in their own language of jokes, beliefs, jeers, pranks, rites and customs. Storytelling, imitating, singing and playmaking are thus natural ways to communicate, to develop, to learn,” Byers said. “Childhood is fleeting, but there is a permanence in the culture of childhood. It doesn’t take much for us to remember again. I hope you look into this book as a window into the world of children and as a mirror into your own deeper self.”

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