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Magic of Handcrafting Musical Instruments Still Thrives in Appalachia

By Gail Hairston

The sweet strains of traditional mountain music still drift on the summer breezes of the Appalachians, reflecting off the hills and flowing through the valleys. 

UK Appalachian Center, Green Forests Work Plant 2,500 Trees for Earth Day

By Jenny Wells

Volunteers planting trees on formerly mined land in Breathitt County, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Garland.

Earth Day 2017 may have been rainy in Kentucky, but that didn’t stop University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff from planting 2,500 trees.

UK Appalachian Center Celebrates 40 Years

By Jenny Wells

Ron Pen (right) played the fiddle at the UK College of Arts & Sciences 
Appalachian Center's 40th Anniversary celebration.

Researching Land Ownership in Appalachia: A Discussion with Shaunna Scott

Dr. Shaunna Scott was interviewed by a filmmaker and community activist about a proposed, community-based, participatory action research study of land ownership and taxation in Appalachia. In the interview she discusses the original land ownership study, later published as Who Owns Appalachia in 1983, and the impact of that work. She argues for why the time is right for a new study of land ownership in the region.

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