Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Interactive website allows users to share stories, photos of coal mining in Eastern Kentucky

Row houses in Auxier, Ky.
Do you have a story or photos to share about coal mining towns and camps in Eastern Kentucky? Last month the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center launched an interactive website as part of the Coal Camp Documentary Project that allows users to learn about and document historic company coal mining towns in the area.

The "open-source, collaborative site was created in direct response to community requests for Appalachian Center faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff members and documentarians to come and record the memories shared by former residents of coal camp communities, sometimes at reunions on or near the site of the original camps," Keith Hautala and Shane Barton write for University of Kentucky News. Most of the camps in the 54 Appalachian counties are still waiting to be updated by users. (Read more)

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