2017 Kentucky's Craft Legacy Workshop Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA 2016 Thoughts on Education: John C. and Olive Dame Campbell Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV 2015 Early 20th Century Images of the Mountains Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 2014 Formation and Early Activities of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild Marshall University, Huntington, WV 2013 "Frontiers Yet Unknown," Warren Wilson and the Mountain Mission Schools (Panel) Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 2012 Appalachian Independent Schools of the Early 20th Century: Mission and Practice Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 2011 Collecting Kentucky Craft History: Paper Olive Dame Campbell's List: Southern Mountain Schools Maintained by Denominational and Independent Agencies Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY 2010 Are we having fun? Recreation at the Settlement Schools Appalachian Craft History Constructed from Documents, Interviews, and Objects North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA 2009 Gathering, Conserving, & Presenting Kentucky Craft History Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH 2008 Wage Laws and Crafts Marshall University, Huntington, WV 2007 Supporting Crafts Development in Appalachia Maryville College, Maryville, TN 2006 Creating A Craft Market in the Early Twentieth Century Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH 2005 Churchill Weavers: 80 Years of American Handweaving Radford University Radford VA 2004 The 1942 Southern Highlands Issue of House & Garden: Good Publicity or Reinforcing Stereotypes Cherokee Highschool, Cherokee, NC 2003 100 Years of Crafts Development in Appalachia Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY 2002 Objects Informing History: Katherine Pettit and her Coverlets (Panel) Unicoi State Park, Helen, GA 2001 Crafts as Economic Development: Lessons Learned in Appalachia and Applied Internationally Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Pocahontas County, WV 2000 "Potential Earning Power of Southern Mountaineer Handicraft": What the Numbers Mean in This 1935 GovernmentStudy University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 1999 Sustainable Concepts of Folk Culture & Community for 21st Centure Appalachian: Expanding the Dialogue (Panel) Southwest Virginia Center for Higher Education, Abington, VA 1998 Appalachian Craft Revival Weaving: The Money Trail Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 1997 Preparing for the Mountains: A 1910 Pi Beta Phi Settlement School Reading List Urban Appalachian Council, Fort Mitchell, KY 1996 Weavers of the Southern Highlands: Berea Unicoi State Park, Helen, GA
Since 1996 I have been attending the annual conference of the Appalachian Studies Association. My initial reason was to gather background information for my book, Weavers of the Southern Highlands. However, I realized that I was interested in crafts of this area, both historic and contemporary, and in education. My main focus has been the early twentieth century. For many years I served as Co-Chair of the Howard Dorgan Silent Auction and Raffle that provided scholarships to the conference.
I have PowerPoints on most of the below topics. While I am willing to share information, the images in them come from a variety of sources and I am not sure of copyrights. If interested please contact me directly.