Tag Archives: appalachian culture

He brought the deer back to North Georgia

Deer hunting season got underway in Georgia this past Monday, September 9. It’s all too easy to forget that in the early part of the 20th century, there simply were no deer to be had in the northern part of the state. Arthur Woody never forgot that, and today’s hunters in Appalachian Georgia owe him […]

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The day they hung Murderous Mary the elephant

On September 13, 1916 a five-ton circus elephant was executed, hung from a 100-ton Clinchfield railroad crane car, in the little town of Erwin, Tennessee. ‘Murderous Mary’ had killed a man, and for that she had to die. Shooting her in the four soft spots on her head would be both difficult and dangerous. She […]

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“Cedar Grove” radio documentary to explore work of WV writer Mary Lee Settle

We hear them tell their stories, each with a nuanced perspective of the land and its past. The geography and history of Cedar Grove is recounted in their words. Vivid scenes from Addie, read aloud by a voice actor; short segments of Settle’s interviews from 1944-1991; ambient field recordings from the Kanawha Valley; and an original score play underneath and alongside the women’s memories and descriptions of home. The resulting mix gives us access to a compelling narrative of feminine power, struggle, and identity in an Appalachian context.

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A national treasure almost lost forever

Maxine Broadwater was just 5 years old when she helped her brothers destroy the glass negatives so they could turn their late uncle’s photography studio into a chicken house. Luckily for us they didn’t finish the job. Leo J. Beachy (1874-1927) is thought to have taken ten thousand photographs a year on five inch by […]

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You really had to work to keep them molasses

“[My grandparents] had a molasses mill; they made molasses. I used to help make them, too. [They made molasses to sell.] And they made for people. They’d make molasses for six weeks or longer at a time, every day except Sunday. Sometimes they didn’t make them on Saturday. It was usually five days a week. […]

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