ASP is committed to continue learning and educating ourselves and our community about the Appalachian region. Explore these topics through various media forms to learn more about this region that so many of us have come to care deeply for.
Appalachian Cultural Resources
There is a rich history in Appalachia from the many different immigrants that settled in the area from Europe in the 1700s. Learn about who settled in the area, the impact of coal, and how this region became known as Appalachia.
Arts & Culture
There are many traditions that have come from Appalachia that started from the need for self-sufficiency in the mountains. The region is known for handmade quilts, pottery, wood carvings, poetry, writing, and music.
Food & Agriculture
Access to food in a rural area can be challenging and many people in Appalachia have turned to sustainable farming options in the region. Learn about what communities are doing and about traditional Appalachian cuisines.
Education is an important way to invest in the next generation. Take a look at what Appalachian communities are doing to try and improve education in their area.
An original East Tennessee PBS production
8th of August: Tennessee’s Celebration of Emancipation
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation didn’t apply to the state of Tennessee. Nevertheless, then-Military governor Andrew Johnson freed his own slaves on the 8th of August, 1863. This event would set off a century and half of freedom celebrations still celebrated today.
Podcast - Stuff You Missed in History Class: Battle of Blair Mountain
This podcast episode covers events from 1921, when coal miners fed up with unfair labor practices and exploitation took up arms against their employers in Logan County, WV. The resulting conflict lasted five days and has been called the biggest armed uprising on U.S. soil since the Civil War.
- To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice by Jessica Wilkerson
- The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns by William H. Turner
- Appalachian Mountains: A Story of Their Own
- The Appalachian Culture and History of The Blue Ridge Mountains
- The Appalachian Coalfield in Historical Context: Appalachia’s Coal-Mined Landscapes
- Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown, West Virginia
- What Made the Battle of Blair Mountain the Largest Labor Uprising in American History
Arts & Culture
Grammy nominated Johnson City, TN native Amythyst Kiah preforms “Firewater” in the Radio Bristol Studio. Radio Bristol is a network of channels showcasing diversity of American roots music from the early recording era to today, with a variety of original programming each day that celebrates the roots and branches of early country music, bluegrass, Americana, and more.
Podcast - Black in Appalachia: Nikki Giovanni
This episode features award winning legendary poet, author, and civil rights legend Nikki Giovanni. Listen as she talks Appalachian history and family stories.
Podcast - Inside Appalachia - Ture Stories Behind Folk Heroes, Runaway Trains and Murder Ballads
This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re talking about traditional ballads — how they tell stories and connect us to the past.
These old tunes can mean so much. They can tap into difficult emotions and give feelings space to be heard. Some songs may even be too uncomfortable to sing.
In this special episode with guest co-host, ballad singer Saro Lynch-Thomason, we explore songs about lawbreaking folk hereo, runaway trains and murder ballads.
- How the Bristol Sessions Changed Country Music
- An Economic Impact Analysis of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
- A History of the Mountain Dulcimer
- Fabric of Our Life, Quilting Traditions of the Smoky Mountain region
- Seeking out the Beautiful Barn Quilts of Appalachia
- Coverlets and Quilts
Food & Agriculture
In 2019, the only grocery store in Clay County, WV closed its doors for good. Two years and a pandemic later, there continues to be no full service grocery store in the county. Join the Appalachia Service Project in learning about the challenges of food insecurity in this community and in Appalachia, and how organizations, community leaders, and residents work together to feed their community.
Podcast - Inside Appalachia: When Traditional Food Becomes Trendy
This episode talks about food from the Appalachian region. They will explore what happens when fancy chefs start cooking up Appalachian traditional fare and discuss how cuisine Appalachian’s consider to be staples are called “trash food” by others.
- A Survival Center Tries to Survive the Pandemic from the New Yorker
- In West Virginia, finding your next meal can be a community effort from National Geographic
- Assessing the Landscape of Local Food in Appalachia from the Appalachian Regional Commission
- Can Farming Save Appalachia?
- Appalachian Foods: Defining Generations
- What Exactly is Appalachian Cuisine?
Podcast - Inside Appalachia: Appalachia is Facing an Unprecedented Teacher Shortage - What Some Coal Communities Are Doing To Entice More Teachers To Stay
Schools are facing unprecedented staff shortages – here in Appalachia and across the country. This episode will show what teachers and schools are up against and what solutions could help keep more educators from burning out.
Podcast: Black in Appalachia: Berea College
This episode explores the history of Berea College and it’s legacy for Appalachia.
Podcast: ICF Podcast - Education in Appalachia: COVID-19 is changing education in the region
Podcast: Inside Appalachia - Hands-on Education Provides Route To Success
- Education in Appalachia – Appalachian Regional Commission
- Computer and Broadband Access in Appalachia – Appalachian Regional Commission
- Settlement Schools of Appalachia
- Opening Doors, Changing Futures – The Appalachian Higher Education Network
- Resilience of Community College Students in Rural Appalachia: A Quantitative Correlation Study – Dr. Michael Paul Waide
- Appalachian Teaching Project – Appalachian Regional Commission
- Appalachia Seeks Improved Education-Workforce Collaboration
- Drone industry in eastern Kentucky, Role reversal: Educators helping to create industry