A closing reception will be held at the Appalshop Gallery on Thursday, June 28, for Common Heritage, a multimedia exhibit of images and items from the family collections of eastern Kentucky residents. The event will also feature the surreal paintings of local artist Russell Griswold, whose exhibit closes on June 30. The reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Appalshop’s Common Heritage exhibit is the culmination of a yearlong, National Endowment for the Humanities-supported project to preserve and increase public awareness of personal archives. In spring and summer of 2017, Appalshop Archive staff hosted a series of Show & Tell events in Letcher County libraries, where residents were invited to share archival items and the stories behind them. Following the library meetings, “Digitization Days” were held during the Mountain Heritage Festival, when photographs and other family treasures were scanned or photographed at the old Dawahare’s building in Whitesburg.
Highlights from these events — as well as materials that were delivered to Appalshop over the course of the year — are featured in the Appalshop Gallery exhibit. They include photographs dating from 1910 to the early 1960s, handmade textiles, musical instruments, farming and foodways items, and other historical objects that provide windows into eastern Kentucky life, work, play, families and community.
In addition to still images and objects, selected clips from preserved Letcher County home movies will be shown.
These events are supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Common Heritage initiative, which seeks to demonstrate that America’s cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, and archives, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories.
For more information, contact Caroline Rubens at 606-633-0108.