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Appalachian Leaders Training

Dr. Denise Shockley and Dr. Thomas KiffmeyerTeachers in the Five Star and Landmark Moments Fellowships are beginning their studies of Appalachian Leaders. Inspired by the work of Loyal Jones, a researcher of Appalachian culture and values, the workshop focused on characteristics of Appalachian people, places of historical significance, and culture of the region. Jones’ research led to identifying the Appalachian values of freedom, religion, independence, self-reliance, pride, neighborliness, hospitality, familism, personalism, humility, love of place, patriotism, sense of beauty, and sense of humor. Dr. Ron Morris, Ball State University history professor, showcased a virtual tour of historic sites in Kentucky and Virginia that teachers will be visiting in June 2024. He provided a historical perspective of the significance of the sites to the Appalachian region. Dr. Thomas Kiffmeyer, Morehead State University history professor, spoke about his book Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty. Dr. Denise Shockley, GVESC Superintendent, gave a review of Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, J.D. She also shared about growing up as an Appalachian and the struggles of her ancestors. Melissa Boggs and Kim Culwell, Christian Life Academy, shared their 2023 summer experience of participating in a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) workshop. Dr. Morris highlighted NEH resources available to teachers on the GVESC website.

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