Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Sunday, October 21, 2007 Noon-5pm

Miller School, St. Rt. 155, Hemlock, Ohio (map)

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day celebrates the history, culture, and natural environment of the former Hocking Valley Coal Boom region, which once impacted the portions of four southeastern Ohio counties, and that today is the heart of the Wayne National Forest. Live music, speakers, a gymnasium full of exhibits, a quilt show, and outstanding homemade soups and pies await visitors. (Those that I know are female are in CAPS.)

  • Noon – Exhibit Hall & Food Stand opens
  • 12:10PM – Opening of Diamonds In The Rough: The Legacy of Coal Mining in Ohio’s Hill Country exhibit by Ray McKinnis, Bob Evans Homestead Museum
  • 12:20PM – Opening of Miners of the Little Cities Registry by CHERYL BLOSSER, Registry Director.
  • 12:30PMLiving History Characters John and Mary Holt, a miner and his wife from the Hocking Valley Coal Boom Era portrayed by Ken Bowald and KATHY DEVECKA.
  • 1:00PM – An hour long concert with the best of music from the 1970s by Rosemont Crossing.(1 female member)
  • 2:15PM – Three deserving area citizens will be awarded the annual Little Cities Spirit Award.
  • 2:30PM – The always uplifting concert from the children of the Millcreek Elementary Choir under the direction of CONNIE ALFMAN.
  • 3:00PM – The premiere of the hour long film documentary Devil’s Oven: The Fire in the heart of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds. Film producer VALDA LEWIS and narrator Bob Singleton will be present to introduce and discuss the film.
  • 4:15PM – A musical tribute to coal miners will be given by Athens musicians and Ohio University professors Rich Greenlee and Jack Wright.
  • 5PM – Event Concludes

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments
Friday, October 19 & Saturday 20, 2007

Ohio University-Zanesville
1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio

Early Bird registration for the Women of Appalachia ends tomorrow, Friday, September 21!

9/21 is also the deadline for the Young Appalachian Women Writers Competition.

Women of Appalachia Conference includes sessions, entertainment, receptions, juried art exhibit, local Appalachian artisans and craftpersons showcase, and some meals. Details found at

Sessions include:
* Devil’s Oven: The Boom to Bust Era of the Hocking Valley Coal Mining Industry (Screening)
* A Fight against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: Female Influence on Natural Resource Policy in Appalachia
* Mitigating health disparities among Ohio Appalachians
* Mountain Mamas, Sacrifice, and Class: Appalachian Motherhood in American Visual Culture
* Radical Mothers: Women’s Activism in the Paint Creek – Cabin Creek Strike of 1912
* Roads That Take You Into Your Own Country: Finding Home Through Poetry of Place
* Uses of Medicinal Plants in Appalachia (lotions, creams & soaps)

More:Women of Appalachia Conference celebrates history and tradition,” OUtlook, 3/29/2006

Contact: Office of Continuing Education, Ohio University-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701, 740-588-1401

Beulah Hunter Eastman book signing

Beulah Hunter Eastman book signing
Saturday, September 22, 11am-12:30 p.m.

Muskingum County Library, John McIntire Library (map)
220 N Fifth St, Zanesville, Ohio

Ms. Eastman will be available to sign copies of her first book, Rachel’s House, set in Roseville, Ohio. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the author in the lobby of the library.

Contact: 740-453-0391

Haunted Parkersburg Tours with Susan Sheppard

Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours with Susan Sheppard
Friday, September 21 & Saturday, September 22, 7:30-9:30 PM

Blennerhassett Hotel Lobby
4th & Market St., Parkersburg, WV
Adults $8; Seniors & Students $7; Children 13 & Under $6; Children 6 & Under FREE

The 2007 Fall Ghost Tour will begin on Friday, September 21 and continues every Friday & Saturday night through November 3, plus October 29-31. No reservations needed for scheduled tours. The two hour walk is less than two miles, but at a leisurely pace to enjoy the beautiful scenes and mysterious atmosphere.

Contact: Susan Sheppard 304-428-7978 or sheppard -at-

New Straitsville Celtic Day

8th Annual New Straitsville Celtic Day Celebration
Saturday, September 8, 2007, Noon-5PM

Hubert Dunkle Building, Robinson’s Cave Grounds (Map)
New Straitsville, Ohio
Free and open to the public

New Straitsville shares its Welsh, Irish, and Scottish heritage in an outdoor festival. Dancers, storytellers, and Celtic musicians enliven the grounds of the New Straitsville History Group’s Robinson’s Cave and Dunkle Building grounds. The small town atmosphere, historic location, and good food make the second Saturday of September a relaxing and enjoyable time for the family.

New Straitsville is located in the heart of the Wayne National Forest on State Routes 93, 216, and 595 in southern Perry County (25 miles north of Athens and 60 miles southeast of Columbus). Sponsored by the New Straitsville History Group and the Ohio Arts Council.

Women in caps.

Noon–12:30 Rich Greenlee – song
12:30-1:00 Boys of the Hock – song
1:00-1:30 MELANIE PRATT – storyteller*
1:30-2:00 Boys of the Hock – song
2:00-2:30 Seamus O’ Shea – song
2:30-3:10 Welsh Dancers – dance
3:15-3:45 GWEN CORBETT – song
3:50-5:00 Don Lewis & Moonshiners – song

*Melanie Pratt – Melanie the Seanachie
Melanie has been telling tales for more than 20 years. For the past 16 years she has focused much of her storytelling energy on tales from the Celtic lands and tells tales from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, and Brittany as part of her repertoire. Much of this has come from her genealogical discovery that part of her ancestry is Irish, Welsh, and Scottish.

Contact: Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council 740-394-3011 or new_straitsville -at-

Athens Messenger, September 6, 2007

Women’s Equality Day on Women Today and Yesterday


Women’s Equality Day on Women Today and Yesterday
Lois Whealey with guest Judy Daso
Friday, August 24, 6:30 PM & Sunday, August 26, 3 PM

Channel 23
Athens, Ohio

This week Lois Whealey’s talk show Women Today and Yesterday will focus on Women’s Equality Day–the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment on August 26, 1920.

Lois and Judy Daso will discuss the woman suffrage movement and history of women at Ohio University.

Women Today and Yesterday is scheduled to air Fridays at 6:30 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. However, since these are times when no one is at the station, sometimes the ‘automatic play’ doesn’t work right. The taped show often is on on Saturday at either 3 or 6:30 also, and at other odd times–like Tuesday at 2 or 3 PM.

To date Women Today and Yesterday has featured nearly 4 dozen different women guests. The following week will feature Dr. Mary Anne Flournoy, Associate Director Emerita of the OU International Center.

More on the show:

Talk show focuses on ‘Women Today’” The POST, January 29, 2007.

Contact: Lois Whealey lw182104 -at-

Cheryl Blosser “At the Glacier’s Edge…”

Cheryl Blosser “At the Glacier’s Edge: An Environmental History of Little Cities of Black Diamonds Microregion”
Sunday Creek Watershed Group August Public Meeting
Wednesday, August 22, 2007, Presentation 7 pm, Potluck 6:30 pm

Sunday Creek Watershed Group (
69 High Street, Glouster Ohio

Cheryl Blosser of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council ( will give an overview of the new LCBD publication At the Glacier’s Edge: An Environmental History of Little Cities Of Black Diamonds Microregion. It is available for $12 at Wayne National Forest Headquarters; Community Exchange Gift Shop in Shawnee; Little Cities Council Office, or 1-866-394-3011, 740-394-3011, lcbd -at-

The Sunday Creek Watershed Group meets at the SCWG office on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. A potluck opens the meeting, followed by the SCWP Public Meeting at 7 pm, then a special program (this month Cheryl Blosser).

Contact: Kaabe Shaw, Watershed Coordinator 740-767-2225 or shaw -at-