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Updated 11/9/12
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 About the author:

Gerri Gribi is an award-winning musician, historian and educator who strives to bring the "unsung" history of women and minorities to life. Her CD The Womansong Collection, featuring 24 woman-positive traditional and composed songs with historical notes and lyrics, has been widely and enthusiastically reviewed at home and abroad. In addition to presenting classes and workshops, she travels North America performing her one-woman show A Musical Romp Through Women's History. To learn more about her work and programs, please visit her homepage.


Appalachian Studies Selected Bibliography

A research guide to scholarly resources on Appalachia. Appalachian State University Belk Library

Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program at the University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center emphasizes community-university partnerships in shaping research that is useful in and beyond the region, in keeping with the land grant mission of the University. Our role is to facilitate stronger connections between student and faculty researchers from across all colleges at the University of Kentucky whose teaching, research, learning and outreach includes a focus on Appalachia.

Appalachian Women and Traditional Music

Compiled by the Appalacian College Association

Appalachian Women

From the archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University

Dulcimer Players News

Appalachian Mountain Books, an Online Store

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Coal Mining Women Rounder Records: 1997 Order or listen at

Featured artists include Hazel Dickens, Sarah Gunning, Phyllis Boyens, Florence Reese, and the Reel World String Band.

Ginny Hawker and Kay Justice, Come All You Tenderhearted, Signs and Wonders, much more available from

I met Ginny and Kay at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in 1986. They sing traditional hymns, shapenote songs and more. (Ginny taught me "Sister Thou Wast Mild and Lovely.")

Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, Pioneering Women of Bluegrass Order or listen at

Jean Ritchie at

Jean published and recorded so many things for so many years they're too numerous to list here. So visit her store at

O Sister! The Women's Bluegrass Collection. Various Artists. Order or listen at

The better half of "Oh Brother Where Art Thou!" Features a wide variety of performers, from authentic voices like Ginny Hawker and Hazel Dickens to the more contemporary commercial intepreters like Alison Krause.

Reel World String Band, Appalachian Wind, Flying Fish: 1990 Order or listen at

This all-women string band from Kentucky is my all-time favorite! They perform both traditional and new songs.


Appalshop began in 1969 as a War on Poverty program to train mountain young people in media production skills. Rather than leave the region to find work in the nation's urban centers, the young people created their own non-profit media company and began making films about the culture andsocial issues of Appalachia. It has grown to become and award-winning arts and media center in Whitesburg, KY.

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Activist Organizations

Appalachian Women's Alliance
P.O. Box 688, Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 745-5345

The Appalachian Women's Alliance is a grassroots network of women from six states who are identifying common issues, defining a common vision, practicing new ways of being and relating to each other, and beginning to share a common hope.

Appalachian Studies Association, Regional Service and Activism

This site includes a discussion forum, links to federal and state legislators, funding links, school links, teaching links, and related service and advocacy sites.

Grassroots Leadership

Grassroots Leadership is a statewide (and regional) community organizing effort that works with established and emerging community-organizing groups to provide them technical assistance and training and the support they need to coalesce around issues in their own communities. It also provides networking and an overall umbrella under which participating groups may work together toward common goals. The organization was founded in 1980 by Si Kahn, a folksinger and song writer and long-time activist with deep roots in the civil-rights movement.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

KFTC is a statewide citizens organization working for a new balance of power and a just society.

Statewide Organization for Community Empowerment (formerly Save Our Cumberland Mountains)

SOCM -- A rural Tennessee citizen's organization working for social, environmental, and economic justice.

Urban Appalachian Council of Greater Cincinnati

The Urban Appalachian Council's programs focus on education, leadership development, family and human services, cultural celebration and access to employment and training.

Virginia Organizing Project

The Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. VOP especially encourages the participation of those who have traditionally had little or no voice in our society. This site has a wealth of "how to" resources and action alerts.

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Appalachian Resources and Research Links

Appalachian Women

From the archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University

Appalachian College Association

The Appalachian connection for teaching and learning. Information about courses, databases and more.

Appalachian Resources On The Web - Shepherd College

Shepherd College coordinates a heritage festival each fall, in addition to their performing arts series. This page contains links to information about the festival and much more: Research Centers, Archives, Academic Programs, Environmental Issues, Publications, Multicultural Issues, Events, Literature...

Appalachian Studies Association Research Resources

The Appalachian Studies Association promotes study and research to expand knowledge of Appalachia. It does this by publishing its Journal of Appalachian Studies and maintaining a network of information resources. This site includes: A Selected Bibliography of Scholarship on Appalachia, Archives and Manuscript Collections, Bibliographies and Databases, Information Directories, Libraries, and Research Centers.


Appalshop began in 1969 as a War on Poverty program to train mountain young people in media production skills. Rather than leave the region to find work in the nation's urban centers, the young people created their own non-profit media company and began making films about the culture andsocial issues of Appalachia. It has grown to become and award-winning arts and media center in Whitesburg, KY.

Augusta Heritage Center

The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia is dedicated to making traditional music, crafts, dancing and folklore available to visitors andresidents alike. Since 1973, thousands of people of all ages, from all 50 states and many foreign countries have found their way to this picturesque mountain town.Here, on the campus of Davis & Elkins College, they learn, share and enjoy this interesting and valuable heritage.

Center for Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University

The Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University is a hub of scholarly, educational, public service, and artistic projects addressing the needs and interests of the Appalachian region.

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia

The Center operates under the ageis of the College of Liberal Arts at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. It brings together resources and scholars from several other academic units, including the Oral History of Appalachia Program and the Special Collections of the Morrow Library.

They invite humanities scholars to apply for resident fellowships, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Preference will be given to scholars who focus on those ethnic and gender aspects of identity that have been most invisible, such as African Americans, persons of alternative gender identities, persons of Native American ancestry. To be considered, candidates should have the doctorate or equivalent professional experience.

Highlander Center

The Highlander Folk School (founded by Myles Horton in 1932) is now called the Highlander Research and Education Center. It's located on a 100-acre farm overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in New Market, Tennessee, about 20 miles east of Knoxville. Through the years Highlander was a key location for the training of activists in the labor, civil rights and anti-poverty movements.

John C Campbell Folk School

On this 372 acre farm-campus in the mountains of western North Carolina , they offer more than 450 week long and weekend classes for adults year round covering a wide variety of traditional and contemporary crafts, folk music, folk dance, photography, nature studies, cooking, gardening, writing, and storytelling.

H-Appalachia Appalachian History and Studies E-Mail Discussion Group

H-Appalachia is devoted to the discussion of issues relating to the life and culture, both past and present, of the Appalachian region of the United States. Through the list, subscribers and editors communicate current research and research interests; discuss new articles, books, papers, methods and tools of analysis. Discussion Threads and message logs of H-Appalachia may be accessed from this site. A Directory listing of participating members is available for consultation.

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Learn more about Appalachian women musicians:

Music in Appalachia

List of resources available at the Archives of Appalachian Music, East Tennessee State University

Jean Ritchie

June Carter Cash

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