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We open today’s show with guest author Robert Inman. “Historians agree that the Battle of King’s Mountain was the turning point in the American Revolution,” says the novelist and playwright. Inman has just completed a new stage play, Liberty Mountain, which brings to life this riveting story 234 years later. The play is set to premier in early October at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain, NC.
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.
“It was not until I was in my 30’s and was working on a research project for my Master’s degree that learned about the majority of the books considered Appalachian Children’s Literature,” says guest author Jamie Osborn. “I was mad that no one in the educational systems I was educated in exposed me to any of this literature. However, I funneled my anger and frustration into research that would first become my Master’s Thesis at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, and now has become the new museum exhibit Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature at the East Tennessee Historical Society.”
We’ll wrap things up with guest author Lauren Steele of Coca-Cola Consolidated. “In the early 20th century,” he tells us, “thousands of Coca-Cola wall murals decorated the fronts and sides of buildings in the downtowns of American cities, big and small. But over the decades most of the once-gleaming signs faded and many became almost unrecognizable. Others were destroyed or painted over.” Coca-Cola Consolidated is spearheading a movement to repaint the murals in a number of Appalachian communities, hoping to help revitalize faded downtowns and rekindle civic pride.
And thanks to the good folks at Berea College’s Southern Appalachian Archives, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Shorty McCruiston in a 1965 recording of Soldier’s Joy.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.