Appalachian Culture
Ecosystem Files for Intervention in Lawsuit to Defend Own Legal Rights to Exist and Flourish PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thomas Linzey   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:02

First-in-the-Nation Action


-- Comes as Industry Sues Township, Claiming it has a Corporate “Right”

to Inject Frack Wastewater

GRANT TOWNSHIP, PA:  Today, for the first time, an ecosystem in the United States filed a ...

Share Your Opinion on Fracking via an FSU Listening Project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:29
Mountain City Traditional Arts to Host Weekend of Performances and Workshops PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara RogersThomas   
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:50

appalachian ensembleDavis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble to Perform and Conduct Workshops at MCTA

The Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble will perform and conduct workshops featuring the Appalachian region’s traditional music and dance on Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The performances and workshops, supported in part by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, are free and open to the public.

The ensemble was named the “People’s Choice for Entertainment” for its 2013 and 2014 performances at the Ramps and Rails Festival in Elkins, W.Va., and featured in an article by Goldenseal, the magazine of West Virginia traditional life. The group has also performed at Frostburg State ...

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:31
FSU Students to Conduct Listening Project on Fracking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:22

Frostburg State University students are partnering with the Savage River Watershed Association to engage in a listening project to document local hopes and concerns regarding proposed unconventional natural gas extraction in western Maryland.  While there has been much debate about drilling here, there has been little effort to assess and document public opinion.  Modeling their work after similar successful projects in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania, students and members of the Savage River Watershed Association believe that an awareness of public opinion on the issue will be beneficial to State and local government officials and county planners as the region continues to debate the role of gas development in the State. 

Two FSU classes will work on this project throughout the academic year in Fall 2014 "Folklore in Appalachia" and Spring 2015 "Sociology of the Environment."  Both courses are taught by Associate Professor Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas of FSU's Sociology Department. Students will be trained to listen, record, and respect a full range of opinions and attitudes while avoiding imposing an agenda or opinion-based approach to the topic.  

Students are currently scheduling community listening days in Frostburg, Mt. Savage, Finzel, Lonaconing, Westernport and Grantsville and are encouraging area residents to stop by a share their opinions. Working in teams, students will also be doing a limited amount of door to door interviews in some areas. A full listing of community listening events and selected neighborhoods will be available on the Project’s Blog and updated regularly. Research results will also be shared on the Blog with a full report of the findings made available in May 2015. Plans are also underway to host a public event sharing the findings in late Spring. 

The project is one of a number of experiential learning projects in the Appalachian region supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Teaching Project administered through East Tennessee State University. In December, FSU students will join participants from more than fifteen regional institutions to share their work with ARC representatives. In March, students will travel to Johnson City, Tennessee, to present a summary of their findings at the annual meeting of the Appalachian Studies Association. 

If your organization is interested in hosting a listening event or if you are interested in learning more about ...

State, City and FSU Celebrate Community of Brownsville With Dedication Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:45

To pay homage to an important piece of Frostburg’s history, the state of Maryland and the city of Frostburg proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, as a day to honor Brownsville, the African-American community that existed where FSU now stands. FSU will host a dedication ceremony in recognition of Brownsville on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. on the Upper Quad of the FSU campus. The event is free and open to the p...ublic.

Determined to give the African-American children of Frostburg an education, Tamar Brown, a woman who was freed from slavery after the Civil War, purchased a lot in 1866 and had a one-room schoolhouse built on it. The school, which came to be known as Lincoln School, served as a magnet for the African-American families of Frostburg, and the community that grew around it ...


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