Appalachia Through My Eyes – Making Sure the Knowledge Survives

my life in Appalachia - making sure the knowlege survives

It made my heart swell to see an auditorium teeming with high school kids. Not just any kids mind you. High school kids that were excited at the opportunity to discover more about the heritage of the area of the country they reside in – Appalachia.

Tipper

Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    lynn legge
    January 17, 2018 at 4:33 am

    tipper I would love to take those classes too. and as a fellow acorn said..your blog has given the traditions such a great
    service by your posts and the variety of topics..i love your family and heritage. and feel blessed to be one of your fellow acorns
    hugs and love
    lynn

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    Ed Ammons
    January 16, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Is that the Mad Hatter’s there at the second seat? Was he at the event? I’ll bet he just excuse himself for a few minutes to go visit the rabbit hole.

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      Ed Ammons
      January 17, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      I just discovered we can reply to other commenters! I meant to say “the Mad Hatter’s hat is at the second seat!”

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    Granny Sue
    January 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    How wonderful, Tipper! I think kids really are interested, it’s just that they have so little opportunity to connect with it like this. I find this all the time with my storytelling–the kids get really involved, full of questions, want to talk to me about the things in the stories, but there is no time in the schools’ schedules usually for sure things. Maybe a day here or there but not a sustained exploration. The ghost walk is another example–people really are fascinated by the history of this place where they live, but they never hear it except rarely.

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    Ken
    January 16, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Tipper,
    I attribute most of this to You, and your family, cause it’s you that has been talking about Appalachia for so long. I’m pleased to see all these Young People wanting to learn more about the county and where they came from. Thank you for this blog, it is a Blessing! …Ken

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    a.w. griff
    January 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    My son isn’t interested in his heritage, but thank goodness my grandson of 12 is, although he corrects my anglish sometimes.

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    Anne D
    January 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    What a joy to see so many teens interested in their heritage..Maybe having the Folk School in the area helps keep the interest in “yester-year”.
    Down here, I don’t remember any such program being offered..I should put a bug in someone in the County school systerm’s ear, since this area used to be all farms not too many decades ago..
    Just reminiscing on how many crafts have nearly disappeared, such as Caning chairs, blacksmithing, gardening, farming, crocheting, knitting, quilting, carving, etc..
    We live in area that was totally rural until @ 20 years ago, but now has as many traffic problems as the ‘big’ city down the road due to subdivisions, apartment communities, and businesses..
    One huge plus here is a school system that is one of the finest in the state of MS—which began as a tiny school on a back country road—now growing by leaps and bounds because of the values, character, devotion to student excellence, and ole fashioned good common sense..
    Seems that the city folks Do appreciate the those all those traits today, and are moving out here in droves!
    P.S…your area of Appalachia has hung onto heritage, and that is why we all made the trip there as often as we can!

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    Mike McLain
    January 16, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I am into family history research and it is distressing to see that younger people are typically not interested in their family history. They usually become interested when they are approaching my age, but by then, their resources for family info has been reduced. It is wonderful to see that in your area, there is interest.

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    Janis Sullivan
    January 16, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Boy, I wish I could have been there just to see such interest. This does my heart so much good for the future.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 16, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I enjoy seeing Appalachia through your eyes, and other’s eyes as well. Different peoples le see different things and for different reasons. I like to find out what gets people’s attention and why. I get the sense from your pictures that you look at the big picture and the tiny details and everything in between. And I think you are always on the lookout for the picture that will just say ‘Appalachia’ all by itself without a caption and also evoke a particular mood or memory. And I think you are successful else I wouldn’t be able to tell that.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 16, 2018 at 7:59 am

    It’s wonderful to see and not one cell phone in the picture!

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