Oct. 16, 2007
By Kaleigh Frazier
Ohio University's Zanesville campus will host the ninth annual Women of Appalachia conference this Friday and Saturday. Speakers, folk music and artwork celebrating the women of the Appalachia region will highlight the weekend conference.
Featured speakers include Meridith Dean, Sharon Hatfield and Richard Greenlee.
Dean, the founding director of Appalachian Women's Alliance, will discuss her Appalachian roots in social ministry and her personal journey in relation to the development of the Appalachian Women's Alliance.
Hatfield is the author of the book "Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell." The book chronicles the true story of Edith Maxwell's trial for the murder of her father. The murder took place in Lee County, Va., where Hatfield worked as a newspaper reporter covering the justice system.
Greenlee, associate provost for Appalachian access and enrichment at Ohio University, will share inspirational stories from his Appalachian Ohio upbringing. His story includes triumph over hardships and success in higher education.
Several breakout sessions will offer a variety of topics and presentations. A harmonica workshop, a session on Appalachian games and chants, and historical tales of women from Appalachia are included on the agenda.
Providing entertainment for the conference on Friday is Dan Levenson and The Hippie-billies, a string band that plays dance and performance music and draws inspiration from old-time sounds. Saturday's musical entertainers are Priscilla Hewetson and Ellen Ford, who will present "Appalachian Women -- A Story through Music and Song," featuring ballads, fiddle music and hammered dulcimer.
And there is no lack of art at the conference. Attendees can visit a juried art exhibit in Herrold Hall, with pieces by women from the 29-county Appalachian region of Ohio. Some entries will be available for sale following the exhibit, which will run Oct. 19 through Nov. 9.
A traditional Appalachian arts and crafts sale will take place during the conference, too, featuring pottery, baskets, jewelry and other works by artists and craftspeople from the Appalachian region.
The Women of Appalachia conference was established by faculty and staff who wanted to recognize the importance of Appalachian culture. They decided that, with its high percentage of female students, the Zanesville campus was the perfect fit. As it enters its ninth year, the conference continues to successfully celebrate the women of Appalachia, their heritage and accomplishments.
For more information on the conference and for registration information, visit www.zanesville.ohiou.edu/ce/wac. Those interested in attending may register, by credit card only, until Thursday, Oct. 18.