Destination: Bryson City, N.C.

Wildwater photo

Bryson City, N.C., is tucked deep within the mountains of Swain County, a county comprised mostly of federal park lands. The large amount of protected land gives the area its rugged beauty. more


“The Spiral Bound Bible of Southern Cooking: A Community Cookbook from the Southern Foodways Alliance,” released in fall 2010, pulls together recipes collected from alliance members and oral history subjects. more

Sweet Appalachia

Influence not bound by gender

Henry Glassie photo

In 2009, seven years after the death of Ola Belle Reed, Maryland state folklorist Clifford Murphy set out to unearth how her mountain music was playing out in the small towns where her music had flourished. more


“Your background is all you have; it starts you off.”

Maryland State Archives photo

Fifty years ago, when she was fifty, Ola Belle Reed looked back to tell the story of her life. For months we had been recording her songs. Now it was time for her life. more


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