|Silas House hangs pictures to dry at the Hindman Settlement School after the floods. (Photo provided to Garden & Gun)|
Kentucky novelist Silas House offers up two pieces on the recent flooding in Central Appalachia.
In the first, for Garden & Gun magazine, House recounts his journey to help preserve historical documents at the Hindman Settlement School, where he and his husband often teach in the Appalachian Writers' Workshop. The school began as a boarding school 120 years ago, but since 1977 has served as a hub for Appalachian writers and for the community in general. It still is, in the wake of the flood; the school is offering food and supplies to all comers, House writes."The help being provided at the Settlement School is indicative of the general attitude of people in the region," House writes. "Nobody is waiting for anyone else to come do the work. The people have armed themselves with rakes, hoes, and shovels. They’re moving debris and directing traffic alongside officials. Pentecostal church groups and organizations like Queer Kentucky are working together to organize collection centers and deliver supplies."