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Aaron Burr exhorting his followers at Blennerhassett Island, 1806. Granger Collection/NYC

Original photo caption reads: “Pellagra case at Laurel Rover Corbin. 8/29/1911” Collection of Agricultural Experiment Station (University of Kentucky) negatives, 1895-1948

Johnny Jackson in front of the Jackson Log Cabin, Hillsgrove, PA. Photo Taken Before 1903.

Surveyor’s chain used to establish horizontal distances along compass sight lines. One link equals .66 feet or 7.92 inches. One chain equals 66 feet or 100 links. An area of 10 square chains is equal to one acre. This early piece of equipment enabled plots to be accurately surveyed and plotted for legal and commercial purposes.

Anderson, SC was the first city in the United States to have a continuous supply of electric power and the first in the world to create a cotton gin operated by electricity. Shown here: Portman Shoals Power Plant, 1930s.

Artist Larin Thompson depicts a shivaree. From Tennessee Ernie Ford's 'This is My Story, This is My Song.'

The ‘French 500′ arrive at Gallipolis, OH, October 1790. Courtesy "Gallipolis: Being an Account of the French Five Hundred and the Town They Established on La Belle Riviere." WPA Ohio, 1940, illustrated by William Mark Young

Original caption reads: "Mortimer CCC Warehouse & the Forest Service office with the 1940 flood waters were decreasing -- Truck was flooded with water." Collection of Arnold and Tommy Sue Walker, Walnut Bottoms, NC.

'The Legend of the Sleeping Giant' at the link. Shown here, fountain statue of Princess Talladega carrying her water pot; statue in Talladega, AL.

Home canning demonstration, Extension Department, West Virginia University. Report of WV State Board of Control, Vol. IV, Part II, 1916. West Virginia Historical Photographs Collection, image 017370.

“From about 1895 to 1936 Tennessee was one of the nation’s six leading states in marketing pearls,” announces the historical marker on Market St. in Clinton, TN. “Clinton was listed as one of three Tennessee towns known as centers of the pearling industry.” courtesy “Tennessee 200; Bicentennial History of Anderson County, 1796-1996” (Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society of Clinton, Tennessee, 1997)

San Toy, sometimes spelled Santoy, is only one of the many old mining communities that historian Ivan Tribe of the University of Rio Grande dubbed “The Little Cities of Black Diamonds,” borrowing a term originally coined by a local newspaperman in the 19th century and used to describe the newly prosperous city of Nelsonville. “The black diamond was of course coal, and coal helped more than 50 such small communities in Athens, Hocking, Perry, Morgan and surrounding counties to found and flourish in the period between the 1860s and the 1920s.

Here’s a memory jug from the collection of Melver Jackson Hendricks (1867-1933) who served in the North Carolina House of Representatives in the early 1920’s. Memory jugs made from bottles, urns, bowls and other vessels have been found on graves, particularly in the South, and almost always on African American graves. Accession #H.2003.1.1/North Carolina Museum of History

It took the individual effort of each Jarvis, mother and daughter, over two generations to forge the Mother’s Day we recognize today. And it’s a story with a twist, so buckle up!

Women quilting. This is almost a lost art, the hand quilted quilt. Love this photo. My aunt hand quilts. She is always busy with work people send her. I need to learn.

Jesse Jewell (1902-1975) started what was to become Georgia’s largest agricultural crop—poultry. The now $1,000,000,000 a year industry has given Gainesville the title “Poultry Capital of the World.” Drawing of the J. D. Jewell Inc. poultry plant, Gainesville, GA, made in the 1940s. Jewell became famous for producing frozen chicken that was shipped around the world. Ed Beasley Collection / Hall County Library Photo Collection, Gainesville, GA.

Twelve-year old William P. “Punch” Jones and his father, Grover C. Jones, Sr. were pitching horseshoes in Peterstown, WV one day in April 1928 when one of the shoes landed on an unusually beautiful stone. The Punch Jones Diamond was sold at auction in October 1984 through Sotheby’s of New York. It reportedly brought $67,500 from a buyer in the Orient. Photograph courtesy of Sotheby’s Jewelry Department.

Lonaconing, Maryland’s favorite son, "Lefty" Grove, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947, earned a spot on Major League Baseball’s All Century team and is rated by the Sporting News as the 2nd greatest left-handed pitcher of all time, behind Warren Spahn.

Ahhhh, dandelion wine! The popular name comes from dent de lion, French for “lion’s tooth,” referring to the teeth on the leaves. Wine is made from the heads. Choose dandelions from an open field far from any insecticide spraying. Pick early in the season when the leaves of the plant are still tender. Flowers that have just opened are best. Photo: Bob Thompson/Flickr

“When I started I didn’t have very much. Didn’t need very much, didn’t have many customers. Course I would see them go into the store across the street. I worked over there at one time and at the building that burned down. I’ve been fooling with [the grocery business] all my life."

During the 1870s, William Murphy of Greenville, S. C., wandered through these mountains making music every day. He, like Stephen Foster, was regarded as a half-vagabond, but he was tolerated for the pleasure his enchanted violin gave whenever he drew his magic bow across its strings.

When we got the first radio that had a speaker, we’d set it out here on the porch, and people would come listen to it with us. Sometimes the yard was full. Not long after we got it, an old man from over in Beaver Dams was here listening to the first big boxing match. When the fight heated up and Dempsey began pounding that Frenchman, the old man got real nervous and said ‘Tip, if you don’t turn that dang thing off, he’s a-going to kill that feller.’

Every gardener knows there are vagaries of weather following the first warm days in early spring, but not all gardeners know their names, or that they have names, and why. Old-timers in the Appalachians know there are several named "winters" following winter, and Blackberry Winter is perhaps the best known. There is also Dogwood Winter, Locust Winter, Whippoorwill Winter, Redbud Winter and even Linsey-Woolsey Britches Winter.

In April and May they all come out together, when the young ones are usually from six to nine inches long and can shift for themselves. On one occasion about the last of April, William Browning, a brother-in-law, Mr. Enlow, and myself went to a rattlesnake den which was within a quarter of a mile of William Browning’s house.

Controversy about mining and strife between miners and their employers is not a new phenomena, as historian James Green points out in his new book, The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginia’s Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom.