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Center for Appalachian Studies and Services

College of Arts and Sciences

Center for Appalachian Studies and Services
  • Center for Appalachian Studies and Services
  • Center for Appalachian Studies and Services
  • Center for Appalachian Studies and Services


The Center for Appalachian Studies and Services documents and showcases Appalachia's past, celebrates its cultural heritage, and promotes an understanding of the influences that shape its identity.

The Center consists of three main units:

Administrative Offices
Archives of Appalachia
Reece Museum

The Administrative Offices of The Center involve cooperation with academic departments and other programs at ETSU, including Appalachian Studies, English, Sociology and Anthropology, Art and Design, Biological Sciences, History, Storytelling, and the Quillen College of Medicine. Other projects have involved outside agencies such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Smithsonian Institution, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance.

The Archives of Appalachia is a cultural heritage repository that supports education, research, and artistic creativity. The Archives collects and preserves papers and records of enduring value that document life in Appalachia, with emphasis on the South Central region. The Archives' Special Collections of book and printed material furthers sustained study and research, and its Sound Recording & Media Collection is comprehensive in its coverage of music in Appalachia. Engaging students, faculty, scholars and the community, the Archives of Appalachia advances lifelong learning and cultural understanding.

The Reece Museum houses artifacts related to the Southern Appalachians including contemporary fine arts, folk art, and crafts comprising three permanent display galleries and a collection of more than 20,000 objects. Formally dedicated in 1965, the Reece, accredited by the American Association of Museums, serves to collect, preserve, and interpret art and artifacts important to Appalachia, and to provide programs of community outreach and public service that contribute to the cultural enrichment of the Appalachian region and its visitors. Three additional galleries at the museum are designed for temporary exhibits.









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