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We open today’s show with guest author C. Richard Dean. “While I was an active professor in communication disorders at Ohio University,” he says, “I learned of the book The Life and Times of Ephraim Cutler. I soon became aware how much more Ephraim had done for SE Ohio, Ohio University and the State of Ohio than his father, Manasseh, the man credited for the establishment of Ohio University.” Dr. Dean has portrayed Ephraim Cutler as a history presenter for over 15 years now.
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.
“They would meet there every day and sit on an antique church bench behind the checkout counter. I can recall numerous times being in Dillion’s Superette while my grandfather and his friends told stories of their youth,” says William Jones, a member of the John Henry Historical Society. “When Dillion’s Superette was still open, it was the focal point of the annual John Henry Days festival here in Talcott, WV. It featured the Talcott Area Memorabilia Room, as well as a vast collection of railroad memorabilia.” The John Henry Historical Society is currently refurbishing the Dillion’s Superette building to house a brand new John Henry Museum.
We’ll wrap things up with guest author Adam MacPharlain of the Kentucky Historical Society. “In the early 20th century, one company in the small town of Berea, KY,” he tells us, “rose up to become one of the nation’s foremost companies to specialize in handweaving. The company, Churchill Weavers, played a pivotal role in expanding the visibility of handwoven goods through its business practices, marketing, design, and willingness to experiment.”
And thanks to the good folks at Columbia Record Archives, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Gid Tanner & His Skillet-Lickers in a 1928 recording of Hog Killing Day.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.