The Charm of the Mountains

Community Engagement Intern Carrie Billett did not grow up in Central Appalachia, but the mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky are her home. She’s lived there since 2006 and would like to stay. She says, “What drew me to the mountains is the sense of community and the stories that come from here. I’m very fascinated […]

By |July 10th, 2017|appalachia, Internship|Comments Off on The Charm of the Mountains

JustChoice Lending Closes First Project Reinvest Loan

Johanna Hall-Rappolee has lived in apartments her entire life. Growing up she wanted to own a home so she could fit in with her friends and escape the treatment and stigma associated with living in lower-income apartments. As a single mother, Johanna’s dream of homeownership has only grown stronger out of a desire to give […]

By |July 6th, 2017|appalachia, Fahe, Housing, Loans|Comments Off on JustChoice Lending Closes First Project Reinvest Loan

Building Stronger Leadership: the second in our series on an internship program aimed at creating future leaders in Central Appalachia

One of Fahe’s charges is providing leadership within the region. In a previous article, I discussed the difficulties of staying in Appalachia and highlighted why this call to leadership is important. Today, I want to bring insight to the professional development that is available, not only to interns, but to mentors and supervisors as well. […]

By |June 30th, 2017|appalachia, Internship|Comments Off on Building Stronger Leadership: the second in our series on an internship program aimed at creating future leaders in Central Appalachia

History & Mystery in Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is known as the place “Where History and Rivers Meet.” This is because the town boasts historical attractions that are unique to the area.

For example, Krodel Park is a celebration of the American Dream and the American Revolution. There is also the memorial of the Battle of Point Pleasant, located at […]

By |June 23rd, 2017|appalachia, Appalachian Travel Guide|Comments Off on History & Mystery in Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Building Stronger Communities: the first in a series on an internship program aimed at creating future leaders in Central Appalachia.

Do I really want to live here forever?

That’s the question on the mind of many young Appalachians today as they forge their own paths into the world. Discontent with the area’s recreational, economic, and environmental outlook, they are flocking to metropolitan areas and developing their professional skills with no predicted return to the area in […]

By |June 16th, 2017|appalachia, Fahe, Internship|Comments Off on Building Stronger Communities: the first in a series on an internship program aimed at creating future leaders in Central Appalachia.

Region’s Rich Cultural Heritage Comes to Life at Museum of Appalachia

The peacocks are strutting, the goats are bleating, and the schoolchildren are touring. It’s a typical day at the Museum of Appalachia, where visitors can shop for local goods, tour historic homes, hear old-time music, or simply watch the sheep being sheared.

A living history center of the Southern Appalachian region, the Museum of Appalachia boasts […]

By |May 11th, 2017|appalachia, Appalachian Travel Guide|Comments Off on Region’s Rich Cultural Heritage Comes to Life at Museum of Appalachia

Jim King offers his thoughts on the reception of Hillbilly Elegy.

Author J.D. Vance emphasizes that the experiences rendered in Hillbilly Elegy are his own. He sets out to tell his own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town, not intending to represent others’ lives or to serve as the mouthpiece for a region or group of people.Despite this disclaimer, his memoir has […]

By |April 12th, 2017|appalachia|Comments Off on Jim King offers his thoughts on the reception of Hillbilly Elegy.

An evening of Old Time Music at a stop on the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

I grew up very near the Carter Family Fold, at least by the way the crow flies. Because the road from where I grew up in Bristol to Hiltons is indeed crooked—and one of the most scenic drives you’ll encounter in the mountains—it takes a good forty-five minutes to drive there from my hometown.

However, when […]

By |March 17th, 2017|appalachia, Appalachian Travel Guide|Comments Off on An evening of Old Time Music at a stop on the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

Leadership Development Key to Leading Central Appalachia through Economic Transition

It’s a Friday night but the work day hasn’t ended for a group of folks representing nonprofits and small businesses in Central Appalachia. They gather at one of Kentucky’s state parks with a shared vision—to become effective leaders working across sectors toward a bright future in the region.

In this time of economic transition, Fahe strives […]

By |March 9th, 2017|appalachia|Comments Off on Leadership Development Key to Leading Central Appalachia through Economic Transition

Appalachian Travel Guide – Berea Music Series

In the latest installment of the Appalachian Travel Guide we turn to Fahe’s backyard of Berea, KY.  As always, if you’re interested in contributing, leave a comment below or contact Aaron Phelps at aphelps@fahe.org.

How do you make small-town life appealing to a variety of people across different generations?  That was the question on the […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|appalachia, Appalachian Travel Guide|Comments Off on Appalachian Travel Guide – Berea Music Series