By Brittney Haynes/Assistant News editor
Photographs, quilts and a book. Eastern will celebrate all these and more in September as part of “Celebrate Appalachia” month.The “Celebrate Appalachia” program emerged from the EKU Reads book selection of “Clay’s Quilt” by Eastern graduate and faculty member, Silas House.
“Clay’s Quilt” was selected by the EKU Reads/First-Year Book Committee for one reason, according to Kevin Rahimzadeh, chair of the EKU Reads/FYBC.
“We knew students would want to read it,” Rahimzadeh said. “And we were right.”
The “Celebrate Appalachia” program was put together because the EKU Reads/FYBC wanted to do more with the First-Year book then had been done in the past, Rahimzadeh added.
Throughout the fall semester Tim Webb, a freelance photographer and part-time faculty member, will have his first exhibit, “What Mankind Left Behind,” displayed in the Library Caf as part of the program.
Webb’s photographs depict objects in Eastern Kentucky that people simply left behind. He enjoys that the objects were once part of someone’s livelihood, Webb said.
Objects that are part of a person’s livelihood today will one day be relics also, Webb added.
Webb’s favorite photograph is of a 28-year-old jar of tomatoes his grandmother canned, he said.
“We all have things we left behind. What you leave behind depends on where you are from,” said first-year initiatives librarian, Linda Klein.
“You would never find this in Massachusetts,” Webb said of the objects in his photographs.
“The Fraud of Poverty in Appalachian Kentucky” will be a program presented by Rob Weise, an associate professor in Eastern’s department of history.
Weise will talk about public policy and how the word “poverty” limits how people perceive Appalachia.
Weise became interested in Appalachia after working in Floyd County with the Christian Appalachian Project, a social service agency.
“I liked the place, and I liked the people,” Weise said.
A display of quilts will also be shown in the library as part of “Celebrate Appalachia.” Sharon Kirby, an avid quilt collector, will present “Using Daddy’s Quilts,” a program about preserving family history through quilts.
Warren Brunner will also have a photography exhibit featuring women of Appalachia in the library.
On Sept. 16, the “contemporary Appalachian” band, Zoe Speaks will be playing, also.
“Celebrate Appalachia” is co-sponsored by EKU Libraries, EKU’s Office of First-Year Programs, the Center for Appalachian Studies, the Women’s Studies Program and the Madison County Extension Service. All the events are free and open to the public.
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