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Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate

Museum of Appalachia Invites Families to Explore Year-Around

The spectacularly blue October sky stretched high above the green fields and weather-worn barns where people had gathered to celebrate the season.  Music sounded from the stage hung with a red, white and blue flag, as well as from a cantilever barn turned into another stage.  My daughters sought out ice cream and apple cider […]

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Museum Remembers Coal Mining Tradition in West Virginia

I’m proud of the tiny wrench stamped with “Ford” on it from my grandfather’s tool collection.  It’s a relic from his years of working at the Ford Garage and other garages before that, where he was known for his ability to tinker with automobiles and fix just about anything.  While the Model T went only […]

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Family Travel to New River Gorge in West Virginia

Scenery, historical settings and outdoor adventure are all waiting for families who venture to the New River Gorge National River area in West Virginia!  This lush travel destination is just an hour’s drive Southeast of Charleston, WV.  Our family took a short weekend visit to the area, and I was pleasantly surprised to find so […]

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Green Goes Mainstream: Kentucky Coal Businessmen See Potential in Renewable Energy

Climate change concerns versus coal dust celebrations, clean air rules versus community freedoms, environmental ideals versus mining jobs? What if the way America’s been debating its energy future is based on false dichotomies?  What if the very industry blamed in part for climate destruction has the most power to build a renewable energy future?  In […]

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Chemical Spill Leaves Many West Virginians Without Clean Tap Water, Unclear When It Will Be Safe

Days after an industrial chemical spill was discovered in West Virginia, people in all or part of nine counties are still unable to use their tap water.  Governor Tomblin’s office Tweeted another reminder for residents. REMINDER: Do Not Use order still in effect for parts of Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam & […]

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Rural Appalachian Health Clinic Gets Federal Finance Boost

An innovative health clinic in West Virginia’s coal country has received a major financial boost from the Affordable Care Act.  The Williamson Health and Wellness Center will be able to expand services with its more than $800,000 awarded in November.  We first told you about the clinic in 2011, when a collaborative of local medical […]

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Appalachian Rails Excursion

Want to ride the rails, explore an abandoned coal mining town and hike over scenic Big South Fork River?  Your ticket to Appalachian heritage is at Stearns, Kentucky, nestled in the mountains 25 miles from the nearest interstate. Family friendly train rides are offered from the former coal mining metropolis of Stearns to the former […]

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More Rocky Tops at Risk in Tennessee

Residents who proudly belt out Rocky Top at the top of their lungs on game day still haven’t raised their voices loudly enough to stop the destruction of their prized mountains.  A few Tennessee lawmakers have managed to once again bury legislation that would have offered some measure of protection against mountaintop removal mining. The […]

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Expanding Healthcare for Appalachia’s Neediest

Expanding healthcare for Appalachia’s neediest: Space for Free Medical Clinic The neediest in Appalachian coal country can find an occasional helping hand from medical professionals willing to donate their services.  Folks near Williamson, West Virginia are still signing up for free help once a month from Dr. Donovan Beckett and his team.  His scheduler says January’s […]

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Preserving a Woodland Way of Life

Eagan, TN Bright red bows spruce up some homes for Christmas, while another displays a holiday version of an Elvis flag, and the stars and stripes fly over the post office.  Rural community pride is strong, although just down the road an assortment of garbage litters the edge of the woods.  Cars share the narrow […]

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