1970s Overview - Part II
1978 1st Appalachian Studies Conference held at Berea. Convener: Stephen Fisher
Address by Bob Scott, Federal Co-Chairman, Appalachian Regional Commission
Theme: Where Do We Go From Here? John Gaventa, Archie Green and Jim Wayne Miller speak on Which Side Are We On? Opening the debate between the Activists and the Academic Scholars;
Center for Appalachian Studies developed at Appalachian State University, Patricia Beaver, Director; Helen Lewis, Linda Johnson and Don Askins, Colonialism in Modern America, The Appalachian Case; Appalachian Consortium acted as office base for Appalachian Studies Conference and co-sponsored the conference; Henry Shapiro, Appalachia on our Mind: the Southern Mountains and Mountaineers in the American Consciousness, 1870-1920; Archives of Appalachia founded at ETSU, Richard M. Kesner, Director
1979 2nd Conference - Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp, West Virginia. Sharon Lord, Chairperson
Theme: Land Use - Leaving the Land and the Land Ownership Study featured. Gordon Ebersole spoke on Dams, Kilowatts and the Corps. Mike Kline sang songs about the land; 1st Appalachian Writers Workshop at Hindman; David Whisnant publishes Modernizing the Mountaineer
Land Ownership Study - KFTC and Broadform Deed battle - New River Dam Controversy - Coal Strikes: A.T. Massey and Pittston - Mine Closures - U.S. Steel leaves Lynch, Kentucky and Gary, West Virginia - Fast Foods and Strip Malls - Big Road Corridors
1980: 3rd Conference - Johnson City, Tennessee. Joan Moser, Chair. Theme: Appalachia America. More than 300 persons attended. Reception at Down Home Picking Parlor honoring Jim Wayne Miller and book publication: The Mountains Have Come Closer. Myles Horton and Helen Lewis present paper on The Roles of Transnational Corporations. Robert Higgs read Sut Lovingood: Appalachian Super Star; Appalachia/America, the first published proceedings of the Appalachian Studies Conference (3rd conference); Appalachian Land Ownership Study completed; John Gaventa, Power and Powerlessness; Appalachian Writers Association formed; First Appalachian Studies Proceedings published
1981: 4th Conference - Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina. John Stephenson, Chairperson. Appalshop reception announcing film history of Appalachia. Sidney Farr read Appalachian Women in Literature. Film: Coal Mining Women
1982: Ron Eller, Miners, Millhands and Mountaineers; "Assessing Appalachian Studies" published by Appalachian Journal; 5th Conference - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. Pat Beaver, Chairperson. Keynote speaker: Sue Thrasher on Highlander Center. Harry Caudill and the Burden of Mountain Liberalism. Citizens for the Preservation of Floyd County made presentation.
1983: 6th Conference - Pipestem Resort State Park, West Virginia. Jim Wayne Miller, Chairperson. Keynote speaker: Don West, Appalachian South Folklife Center. Music by Jane Sapp, Etta Baker, Sparky Rucker and Reel World String Band. John Inscoe paper on Mountain Masters and Grassroots Poetry Project by Gurney Norman and George Ella Lyons.
1984: Center for Appalachian Studies & Services founded at ETSU, Richard Blaustein, Director; 7th Conference - Unicoi State Park, Georgia. Charlotte Ross, Chairperson. Welcome by Lt. Governor Zell Miller. Music by the Eller Brothers. Carl Ross paper on 20th Century Politics in North Georgia; Now and Then magazine published by ETSU-CASS
1985: 8th Conference - Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. Richard Drake, Chairperson. Keynote by Loyal Jones: A Tribute to Cratis Williams. Bill Best and Jim Wayne Miller present Dick and Jane Revisited. Discussion of David Whisnant’s All That is Native and Fine. Mary Beth Pudup paper: Beyond the "Traditional" Mountain Subculture; William Turner and Edward Cabbell, Blacks in Appalachia
1986: 9th Conference - Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. Chairperson Ron Eller spoke on "The Search for Community in Appalachia." Music by Clint Howard Band and the Frank Proffitt family. Steve Fisher paper on The Nicaraguan Revolution. Appalachian Film and Drama panel: Jerry Williamson, Sharon McCrumb, Jean Speer and Gerald Wood; Appalachian Studies Conference becomes Appalachian Studies Association; Patricia Beaver, Rural Community in the Appalachian South
1987: 10th Conference - East Tennessee State University celebrating a decade of Appalachian Studies. Music by ETSU bluegrass band. Poetry by Bettie Sellers, Rita Quillen and Don Johnson. Howard Dorgan and Marshall Family program on Old Regular Baptists. Sandra Ballard presents interview with Harriet Arnow; Denise Giardina, Storming Heaven; Howard Dorgan, Giving Glory to God in Appalachia; Rodger Cunningham, Apples on the Flood: The Southern Mountain Experience; Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina holds first Ulster-American Heritage Symposium
1988 11th Conference - Radford University, Virginia. President Grace Edwards and Keynote speaker, Marilou Awiakta. First year of the Appalachian Youth Conference. Presentations by AppalKids of Pulaski High School. Joan Moser paper on Appalachian Folk Medicine and Mary Anglin paper on The Rise and Fall of Mica. Gospel singing; Susan Keefe, Appalachian Mental Health
1989 Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association begins publication; 12th Conference - West Virginia University. President Loyal Jones and Keynote speaker Jim Comstock, editor of West Virginia Hillbilly (newspaper). Paper by Kate Black on Roving Pickets. Andrena Belcher storyteller and film Powerhouse for God by Jeff Titon.
Mountain Top Removal - Hispanic Immigration to Region - Mine Closures - Globalization - Industries Moving to Mexico and other Developing Countries. Population Decline.
1990: 13th Conference - Unicoi State Park, Georgia. Doyle Bickers, President. Keynote by Eliot Wigginton, The Foxfire Experience. Music by the Foxfire Boys and Norman and Nancy Blake. Papers by John Hennen, Sandra Ballard, Clyde McCoy and Benita Howell.
1991: 14th Conference - Berea College. President Wilburn Hayden and Keynote speaker Wilma Dykeman. Discussion of David Fischer’s Albion’s Seed. Appalshop film, Gurney Norman’s story Fat Monroe. Paper: Don’t Let it Acid Rain on our Appalachian Parade.
1992: 15th Conference - Asheville, North Carolina. President Roberta Herrin. Keynote speaker David Whisnant. Sally Maggard paper Will the Real Daisy Mae Please Stand Up. Jewel Ridge Theater Group. Jean Speer, From Stereotype to Regional Hype; ASA office management taken over by ETSU - Center for Appalachian Studies
1993: Steve Fisher, Fighting Back in Appalachia; 16th Conference - Johnson City, Tennessee. President Rebecca Hancock. First Annual Cratis D. Williams Service Award and Sixth Annual Youth Conference. Keynote by Noah Adams. Howard Dorgan paper on The No-Heller Baptists. ETSU Bluegrass Band; First Ohio Appalachian Conference
1994: Appalachian Studies Association granted 501c3 status retroactive to 1977. Organization office moved to West Virginia University linked to Regional Research Institute; 17th Conference - Virginia Tech. Theme: Appalachia and the Politics of Culture. Alice Brown, President and Keynote speaker: Archie Green. Discussion of The Kentucky Cycle. Talk by Congressman Rick Boucher. Papers on gender roles and the Celtic Connection; Loyal Jones, Appalachian Values
1995: 18th Conference - West Virginia University. President Ron Lewis and Welcome by Jesse White, Appalachian Regional Commission. Herby Smith. Appalshop film: Beyond Measure. Papers on women’s health care, tobacco economy and visit to Arthurdale. Keynote by Denise Giardina and music by Carl Rutherford, Kate Long and Melvin Wine. The last Youth Conference; First issue of ASA’s Journal of Appalachian Studies published; Jerry Williamson, Hillbillyland: What the Movies Did to the Mountains and What the Mountains Did to the Movies
1996: 19th Conference - Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia. President John Inscoe - Keynote by Helen Lewis and George Reynolds - Foxfire Tour. Discussion Deborah McCauley’s Appalachian Mountain Religion; Jim Wayne Miller died, August; Wilma Dunaway, The First American Frontier: Transition to Capitalism in Southern Appalachia, 1700-1860
1997: 20th Conference - Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Co-sponsored by Urban Appalachian Council, Cincinnati, Ohio. Dwight Billings, President. Jean Ritchie concert in Ohio. Honoring James S. Brown. Affrilachian poets. Emphasis on urban history and migration.
1998: 21st Conference - Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. President, Howard Dorgan and Keynote, Lee Smith. Over 500 in attendance. Ron Rash read poetry From Mountain to Mill. First Silent Auction; Marshall University establishes Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia; Appalachian Studies Association Website Committee was established.
1999: 22nd Conference - Southwest Virginia Center for Higher Education, Abingdon, Virginia. President Steve Fisher. Keynote speaker Jo Carson. Concert by Hazel Dickens. Attendance tops 700. Papers on Women, Place and Social Justice. Big Creek People in Action and other community groups participate.