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Find Relevance in Lives from the Past

Appalachia Population History Project student

What began in 2013 with a pilot study at an Ohio cemetery has grown into a template for studying Southeast Ohio communities.

The Buchtel Cemetery Project succeeded at providing insights into the health and culture in the small mining town of Buchtel. Now the Appalachia Population History Project has expanded into a broad study of the Hocking Valley drainage region—from European-American settlement, to the industrial boom of clay and coal, and the subsequent industrial decline.

"APHP has been really important to me the last year and a half as a way to develop research and data management skills outside of a classroom setting," says senior Hannah Vaughn. "My project is focused on historical mortality patterns and how they relate to the accessibility of formal healthcare, like physicians and hospitals, in the Athens-Hocking county region especially focusing on the small mining towns in the area. I'm planning on developing my research to tie it to modern levels of healthcare access and how a history with a pronounced lack of hospitals could have a lasting impact on people's access to and view/trust of healthcare professionals."

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