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Whitesburg, Kentucky
Showcasing Appalachia’s Vibrant Culture
Appalshop Archive screened 1950s-era home movies of Bell County, KY shot by coal camp doctor John Parrott. The preserved silent films were accompanied by a live performance of an original score by Robert Andrew Scott. Photo by Kate Fowler. Image courtesy of Appalshop.

Appalshop Archive screened 1950s-era home movies of Bell County, KY shot by coal camp doctor John Parrott. The preserved silent films were accompanied by a live performance of an original score by Robert Andrew Scott. Photo by Kate Fowler. Image courtesy of Appalshop.

Since 1972, the NEH has supported Appalshop in its mission to document and convey the diversity of Appalachian culture through a variety of media. Most of this support has been project-specific, helping Appalshop to share Appalachian culture with the nation through teacher institutes and documentary films. Recent grants have helped Appalshop preserve the film, video, audio, and photograph collections that, because they document 40 years of change in the Appalachian region, are of great cultural value to the nation. Many of Appalshop’s documentary films are freely available on their website. Founded in 1969, Appalshop has evolved into a model cultural institution—in 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named Appalshop among “the top 100 innovators shaping the future of culture.”

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