Appalachia Online

Welcome to the homepage for Appalachia Online, a collection of digital projects developed by the Center for Appalachian Studies with the support of Appalachian Journal and the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection and Belk Library and Information Commons. Through collaborations on the campus of Appalachian State University, student participation in digital research, and community partnerships across mountain regions, Appalachia Online seeks to expand the University's mission to engage as "stewards of our state's interconnected financial, cultural, and natural resources." Our first two projects, linked at the top of this page, include: 

  • Mountain Music in the Classroom is a resource for North Carolina teachers to connect the musical history of northwestern North Carolina to state learning standards in social studies and history. Funded in part by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Mountain Music in the Classroom is a student-faculty collaboration of the Center for Appalachian Studies.
  • The Black Mountain College Semester is a multidisciplinary exploration of the creative legacy of Black Mountain College in Buncombe County, North Carolina. The digital resources for this project include a timeline, K-12 teaching materials, and scholarly resources. Funded in part by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Black Mountain College Semester is a campus-wide collaboration of the Center for Appalachian Studies and two regional museums.

Coming soon:

  • The Seven Sisters Rugby Project examines social change through the experiences of a rugby club in rural Wales. Organized through a study abroad in Wales program at Appalachian State University, this project builds on forty years of exchanges between the Center for Appalachian Studies and village communities in the Dulais and Swansea Valleys of Wales. Research collaborations for the Seven Sisters Rugby Project include students and faculty at Appalachian, the village of Seven Sisters, and the Richard Burton Archives at Swansea University.