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Frostburg, MD High Schoolers learn Historical Research Methods

Our first two documentaries focused on the oral histories of local WWII veterans. “Our Freedom, Their Sacrifice” was our first release in 2011 and last year we released “Out of the Sticks, Into the Line of Fire”. The 2012 release told the story of WWII through our local veterans. Rather than focus on the people at the top, we focused on what the average GI went through at the major battles during the war. Over the years we have had only a few people decline to be interviewed; most of our citizens are more than happy to be a part of oral history documentaries.

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First bookmobile in the country

In honor of National Bookmobile Day, April 17. “Psychologically, the wagon is the thing,” commented librarian Mary Lemist Titcomb of the project she is most remembered for. “One can no easier resist the pack of a peddler from the Orient as a shelf full of books when the doors of the wagon are opened at […]

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One-room schoolhouse

It’s September, the traditional time to head back to school (though the current trend is late August most places.) Here’s an outdoor class being held at the Othello School in Cherokee County, GA, circa 1925. The teacher is believed to be Miss Corine Pace. Third student from left is Glenn Hubbard. This one room schoolhouse […]

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Teacher, author, activist Helen Lewis interviewed

“The Radical Roots Project brings together the stories of some of the region’s most thoughtful and cherished voices of cultural and political resistance through audio, photography, and word,” says site founder Taylor Kirkland. The following piece is a short excerpt from Kirkland’s interview with Helen Lewis about the latter’s early days teaching Appalachian Studies in […]

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A forgotten piece of West Virginia history

Please welcome guest author Kathryn N. Gregory, staff writer for The Charleston Gazette. Her article below ran in the February 19, 2011 issue of the Gazette. “The information relating to Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings in the original article was slightly wrong,” Gregory adds. “This information related to Woodson’s father’s paternal side of the family, […]

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