Thursday, March 27, 2008

Appalachia in the Press

There have been a couple of good articles come out of Knoxville this week. First, the Knoxville News-Sentinel continues to add to its "Songs of Appalachia" series with a profile of the Five Star Jubilee Singers, a traditional gospel band out of Harriman, Tenn. that has been working for more than fifty years. The series has an impresive video component that you won't want to miss.

Also, in this week's Metro Pulse cover story, Mike Gibson takes a look at the Museum of Appalachia through its founder, John Rice Irwin. Turns out, the Museum of Appalachia, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, is facing serious financial difficulty that is compromising any future growth prospects it may have. MOA is a treasure for anyone interested in the history and culture of Southern Appalachia. It would be nothing short of tragic for the museum not to thrive in the 21st century.

2 comments:

Jennifer in OR said...

I just discovered this blog and look forward to reading more. I just blogged today about Appalachia (my dad, really) for the first time. It would be such a loss for that museum to die. I hope to get back over there someday and reconnect.

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