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.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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 Government Study
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