Monthly Archives: April 2014

New exhibit on Joe Frank Harris, GA’s 78th governor

Georgia’s Bartow History Museum opens a new exhibition in the permanent gallery tomorrow on the life and legacy of Honorable Joe Frank Harris, Georgia’s 78th governor. Born and raised in Bartow County, Harris worked in his family’s business after college and then began a distinguished political career, serving for 18 years in the Georgia House […]


Empress of the Blues

When Bessie Smith sang the blues she meant it. Smith (1894-1937) was the greatest and most influential classic blues singer of the 1920s. Dubbed “The Empress of the Blues,” Smith embodied the blues feeling, while her songs, drawing from her sordid lifestyle, rang true with rural and urban audiences alike. Smith was born on April […]


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 guest author Dr. Robert F. Maslowski, editor of the journal West Virginia Archeologist and a professor […]


Heirloom Seeds and Social Bridges: Forging Connections in Lumpkin County, GA

Since that initial foray into the hearts and minds of Lumpkin’s citizenry, dozens of students have followed in the footsteps of the initial septet, expanding the project beyond the bounds of Lumpkin County and bringing the seeds and citizens highlighted in the project to a various by-invitation presentations and conferences, including several Appalachian Studies Association Conferences and even presenting before the Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Earl Gohl.

Two students published a scholarly article detailing the project in Papers and Publications, the University of North Georgia’s peer reviewed undergraduate research journal. The article can be found here. I have been personally invested in the project since its outset, and given that I will be graduating in a little over a month, it comes time to reflect on the significance of this project from a student’s perspective.


Hopewell Country and the Junction Earthworks

The 335 acre farm including the Junction Group was scheduled to be sold at auction on March 18, 2014. The farm was divided into several parcels that would be auctioned off separately. A coalition of several environmental groups, including Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, The Heartland Earthworks Conservancy, The Archaeological Conservancy, Rivers Unlimited and SCOPS, South Central Ohio Preservation Society, was formed to bid on selected properties. The coalition was successful in purchasing the 90 acre tract that included the Junction Earthworks, an 18 acre tract of hillside and an additional 40 acre tract. The coalition also purchased from the property owners 1.2 miles of riverfront along Paint Creek, which was not included in the auction.

What makes this purchase unique is that not only was the archeological site preserved, but the purchase of the adjacent tracts of land will also preserve the environmental context of the Junction Earthwork Group. While many mounds and earthworks have been preserved, they are often located in developed towns or cities without any environmental context.

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