Yearly Archives: 2014

Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast posts today

We usually post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. But today’s Halloween, and we’ve got some stories that’ll have you checking under the bed and in the closet before your day is over! We’re on the Stitcher network, available on mobile phones, in-car dashboards and tablets worldwide. Just click below to […]

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‘I Remember’ at Gadsden Museum of Art

The Gadsden Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of the temporary exhibition, I Remember. This is the third year that the museum will host the exhibit, which runs in correlation with Veteran’s Day. The intent at its inception was to honor and highlight the contributions and efforts of the men and women of Etowah County who have served in combat. This year, the theme focuses on the home front and the effects of the war on the families that were left behind when a loved one went to serve their country overseas.

After a public call for memorabilia, the museum received many items, particularly from families of the World War II era. Many of the items on display are from this time period, including sweetheart pins and jewelry, original framed posters and newspapers, and everyday ephemera that feature military or wartime propaganda. Pro-American and military imagery were commonplace on the home front during this time, and the exhibit highlights some of these items.

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Ghostlore – collected by Ruth Ann Musick

In these stories, ghosts fill and color the folk landscape of Appalachia, making trouble and causing disturbances for people from all walks of life. In “The Family That Disappeared,” a ghostly mist haunts a family, while a group of lumberjacks experience the fright of their lives in “Ike the Lumberjack.” A young couple find themselves living in a haunted house in “A Night of Horror,” and in “The Ghost of the Golden Cup,” an antique dealer finds that he has gotten himself into more than he had bargained for. The uncanny and the macabre fill these authentic Appalachian ghost tales, breathing life into the stories of the undead.

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Today in the Houston County Archives

When I first started as our county archivist I found the job to be quite overwhelming due to the fact that the county’s records had not been archived, organized or in any other way preserved in its 143 year history. One can imagine the stacks of boxes, record books and loose papers that were stored not only in the records vault but also at the old highway department attic and the old jail—in the actual jail cells! It seems once we cleaned out one area we would be told of another area full of records.

As I began my journey as our county archivist, I quickly realized that there was a mountain of work to be done just to get the county records in a state that could be handled.

In 2011, our local historical society donated their collection of documents, photos and artifacts that they had collected since the 1980’s to the archives. They had nowhere to store the historic items and since we now had an archive, it was the perfect place. Also in 2011, the historical society donated two large, handmade oak and glass display cases for the Archives Office.

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