Appalachian Research Links

Weavers of the Southern Highlands
University Press of Kentucky, 2003

After more the ten years of research into the weaving center of the Appalachian Mountains during the first part of the twentieth century, this book was published.

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Churchill Weavers: 80 Years of American Handweaving

This paper was presented at the Textile Society of America conference in 2004.

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Preparing for the Mountains: A 1910 Pi Beta Phi Settlement School Reading List

This is the original list prepared for the fraternity members to learn about the area where they intended to open a school. This list has been annotated.

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Appalachian Studies Association

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.


Kentucky's Craft Legacy Workshop        
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA

Thoughts on Education: John C. and Olive Dame Campbell
Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

Early 20th Century Images of the Mountains
Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Formation and Early Activities of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild
Marshall University, Huntington, WV

"Frontiers Yet Unknown," Warren Wilson and the Mountain Mission Schools (Panel)
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Appalachian Independent Schools of the Early 20th Century: Mission and Practice
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Collecting Kentucky Craft History: Paper Olive Dame Campbell's List: Southern Mountain Schools Maintained by Denominational and Independent Agencies
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

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

Gathering, Conserving, & Presenting Kentucky Craft History
Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH

Wage Laws and Crafts
Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Supporting Crafts Development in Appalachia
Maryville College, Maryville, TN

Creating A Craft Market in the Early Twentieth Century
Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH

Churchill Weavers: 80 Years of American Handweaving
Radford University, Radford, VA

The 1942 Southern Highlands Issue of House & Garden: Good Publicity or Reinforcing Stereotypes
Cherokee Highschool, Cherokee, NC

100 Years of Crafts Development in Appalachia
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

Objects Informing History: Katherine Pettit and her Coverlets (Panel)
Unicoi State Park, Helen, GA

Crafts as Economic Development: Lessons Learned in Appalachia and Applied Internationally
Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Pocahontas County, WV

"Potential Earning Power of Southern Mountaineer Handicraft": What the Numbers Mean in This 1935 Government Study
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Sustainable Concepts of Folk Culture & Community for 21st Centure Appalachian: Expanding the Dialogue (Panel)
Southwest Virginia Center for Higher Education, Abington, VA

Appalachian Craft Revival Weaving: The Money Trail
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Preparing for the Mountains: A 1910 Pi Beta Phi Settlement School Reading List
Urban Appalachian Council, Fort Mitchell, KY

Weavers of the Southern Highlands: Berea
Unicoi State Park, Helen, GA