The West Virginia Humanities Council is seeking applications from individuals interested in portraying historical figures with statewide name recognition for the Council's popular History Alive! program. Portrayals of historically significant people no longer living, from any period of history, are eligible for consideration. For people with an interest in history, theater, or both, History Alive! offers a meaningful opportunity to expand those pursuits while helping to enlighten and educate West Virginians.
Story telling is an old art form in Appalachia. One West Virginia story teller’s newest project, a CD of music and stories entitled The Mountain Came Alive, attempts to modernize this tradition by addressing today’s concerns.
The CD combines Booth’s interest in music and storytelling with 20 tracks that follow the year in the life of a southern West Virginia mountain that is slated for strip mining.
Booth said he wanted to use traditional methods to tell a story to young people about Appalachia and events in the region that are happening now.
This Halloween morning we conclude a three-part story about the haunted history of Whipple Company Store in Fayette County, W.Va. The spooky stories told there go beyond typical ghost tales and towards a horror that bleeds into reality. So far, we’ve heard two stories that point to forced sexual servitude on the part of women who lived in the coal camps around Whipple. Esau scrip was allegedly issued to women whose husbands were out of work - a kind of loan in which the women’s very bodies were the collateral.