Appalachia is rich with exciting history. No matter where we stand, we are surrounded by stories about how we came to be as a culture and a community. Every county has a beginning. Every town has a story to tell. Well, let's be honest. Every town and county in Appalachia has countless stories to tell, and much of that history has unfortunately been forgotten. Sure, we are reminded of some of our history by the historical road markers we drive past...if we bother to stop and read them. But even those only whet the appetite for the complete story of what they were put there to represent.
With this project we want to publish short booklets that showcase our rich history. County by county. Town by town. This project won't have an end date and it will take time. It's not a speedy project and it will take a lot of homework on our part and discussions with historians from all over the region. But it will be exciting, and we want to bring our rich history alive for people of all ages, young and old. Appalachia has too many stories to tell to NOT do this project.
In a perfect world funding would not be an issue and we could write these booklets (approximately 30 or so pages each), print them, and distribute them for free. However, that depends on your generosity. And we know you're generous. This region is full of proud Appalachians that want their history told, something they can share with friends and family.
We ask that you donate to this cause, the cause of rediscovering and preserving our history. It would be helpful for folks to have a good historical account of their town or county in one place, something that can be absorbed quickly instead of having to piecemeal information together from various sources. We'd especially like to have something that parents can give to their kids to learn more about their local history.
Thank you for supporting our cause. We'll provide periodic updates here, and over on our Facebook page--preferably with some video content.