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Center for Appalachian Studies releases ‘Voices from the Headwaters’

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Center for Appalachian Studies has released its latest publication, “Voices from the Headwaters: Stories from Meat Camp, Tamarack (Pottertown) & Sutherland, North Carolina.” Edited by recently retired center director Dr. Patricia Beaver and Appalachian Journal editor Dr. Sandra Ballard, with assistant editor Brittany R. Hicks, this book of oral histories preserves the stories of three neighboring communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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For more than a decade, Beaver and her anthropology students at Appalachian recorded interviews with residents living near the headwaters of the North Fork of the New River. Beaver and her students worked in collaboration with the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization.

The book is a result of graduate courses sponsored by federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Appalachian Teaching Project and generous support from Watauga County businessman Sterling Carroll.

“Voices from the Headwaters” includes more than 350 pages of stories and reminiscences about mountain life, kin networks among neighbors, entrepreneurs and collaboration, work and play. Interviews and oral histories from 44 N.C. residents give voice to generations shaped by life in western North Carolina valleys, within view of Snake Mountain and Elk Knob and along the New River.

Together, the narratives affirm the value of community, document the past and imagine the future. The book also features more than 300 historical and family photographs, several hand drawn maps and an extensive index.

To order a copy, send a check to Appalachian Journal for $39.95 plus $4 for shipping and handling for the first copy and $2 shipping for each additional copy ordered. Mail your name, address, and payment to Appalachian Journal, Appalachian State University, PO Box 32018, Boone, NC 28608-2018.

Copies of the book are also available at the University Bookstore at Appalachian State University campus.

Other publications from the Center for Appalachian Studies include “The Cratis Chronicles: I Come to Boone,” “Neighbor to Neighbor: A Memoir of Family, Community, and Civil War in Appalachian North Carolina” and “Tales from Sacred Wind: Coming of Age in Appalachia.”

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