Kentucky floods took Appalachia’s history with them

Mr. Gibson and some 50 volunteers are working against the clock to recover what Appalshop has estimated to be thousands of archival items from all media: film, pictures, crafts, woodworking, musical devices, magazines, newspapers , posters and private household records that were donated to the group – all depicting life in Appalachia.

The water tore through the main floor of the Appalshop building, which it has occupied since 1982. This included the radio station, theatre, air-conditioned vault for the archives and some galleries used for exhibitions of works of art. ‘art.

When Appalshop first heard of potential flooding last week, the priority was to ensure employees were protected. Then they rallied to use their assets – social media, their website, and the radio station – to deliver data to the Whitesburg neighborhood.

Now the team’s highest priority is to ensure that the archives are rescued quickly, before mold can set in. schools and universities in Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and the greater Appalachian region.

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