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We open today’s show with guest author Sharyn McCrumb. McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “ballad” novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost Riders. St. Martin’s Press will release her newest book, King’s Mountain, on September 24. In this excerpt from the book, two young women, Virginia and Sal, learn some harsh truths about the reality of death during war.
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
You may not be familiar with the Bloch Brothers of Wheeling, WV, but it’s a fairly sure bet that at some point in your life you’ve encountered a roadside barn painted with the large sign “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco – Treat Yourself to the Best.” Meet Maurice Zimmerman (1906-1993), of Washington Courthouse, OH, who began a lifelong career as a Mail Pouch sign painter in 1925.
We’ll wrap things up with a piece from guest author Nelson Harris. Harris served as a member of the Roanoke City Council, twice as vice-mayor, from 1996 to 2004, and then was elected to one term as the city’s mayor from 2004 to 2008. His writings have appeared in The Roanoker, the Journal of the Historical Society of Western Virginia, Virginia Southwest and Historic Salem. In this excerpt from his recently published Hidden History of Roanoke — Star City Stories, we learn the tale of lovers Frank Howard and Emma Doswell. Their scandalous liaison and subsequent marriage in 1880 shocked New Orleans high society.
And, thanks to the good folks at the Digital Library of Appalachia we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Art Shuster & Barbara Davis in a 2004 recording of Kentucky Mandolin.
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.