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41st ASA Annual Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

April 5-8, 2018

Millennium Hotel,
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Pre-conference tour registration

One form per applicant

The Appalachian Studies Association's 2015 Conference at East Tennessee State University, "Many Mountains, Many Musics," will be preceded by fun optional events including a hike on Thursday and several simultaneous tours Friday morning that will explore the scenery, music, culture, and heritage of Northeast Tennessee! Transportation from ETSU will be provided. Admission will be collected at sites where noted.

Registration for these activities is now closed, but those signed up can still find details about the events below.

Thursday, March 26

  • Many Mountains Roan Highlands Hike [weather permitting; 45 minutes each way]
    Thursday, March 26, 2:00-5:00 | No charge
    Presented by ETSU’s Environmental Studies minor, the Roan Highlands Hike offers fresh air, fantastic views, and an opportunity to learn about conservation. Participants will hike to Carver’s Gap (6,000 feet elevation), where a representative for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will speak about the Roan Highlands as well as the Conservancy, its mission and efforts. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, and pack ample water and snacks.

Friday, March 27

  • Birthplace of Country Music Museum [40 minutes each way]
    Friday, March 27, 9:00-12:00 | No charge
    The BCM Museum is dedicated to promoting and preserving the musical heritage of southern Appalachia. Located just across the state line in Bristol, Virginia, the BCM Museum is home of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, the “Big Bang of Country Music.”
  • ETSU Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site [20 minutes each way]
    Friday, March 27, 9:00-12:00 | No charge
    The Gray Fossil Site, discovered in May 2000, dates from the Late Miocene epoch of tapirs, shovel-tusked elephants, saber-toothed cats, and even red pandas! The museum offers views of an ongoing fossil dig and interactive exhibits. Museum staff will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of museum and site facilities, a southern Appalachian experience like no other.
  • Historic Jonesborough [cancelled]
  • Whistle Stops along the ETSU Music Trail
    Friday, March 27, 9:00-12:00 | No charge
    This ETSU walking tour begins at the George L. Carter Railroad Museum, which houses an extensive model-railroad display. The tour continues to the home of the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program and includes a visit to the program’s recording studio. Stops also include the Archives of Appalachia and the Reece Museum, where the region’s heritage, culture, and music are preserved and celebrated.