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We open today’s show with an interview featuring Andrew Talkov, VP of programming at the Virginia Historical Society. Talkov is the curator of the traveling exhibit ‘An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia,’ on loan from the Virginia Historical Society. The show had its preview reception last week at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, VA, where it will remain on view until February 1, 2015.
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.
Next, NC poet Hilda Downer offers up her book review of the recently published Voices from the Headwaters: Stories From Meat Camp, Tamarack, & Sutherland, NC. “People from almost anywhere,” she tells us, “will recognize the faces and stories of relatives in WWII, the first appearances of Model-T Fords, the hard and rewarding work of living on a farm, and the love amid family gatherings. The stories are not just Appalachian and not just American. They are universal and show how connected such an isolated region is to the rest of the world.”
We’ll wrap things up with guest author Jennifer Cox, who has been the coordinator for the heritage dancing at WV’s Vandalia Gathering for the last 20 years. “As an adult I have tried to keep Scottish and Irish dancing alive,” she says, “by working through 4-H to reach out and teach what I was taught. The most interesting part of the dancing, for me, is the stories behind the dances. I would like to share some of that with you.”
And thanks to the good folks at the Internet Archive, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Bill Helms’ Upson County Band in a 1928 recording of Alabama Jubilee.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.