Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization
ASU students have worked with Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization for several years. EKCHO’s purpose is to promote the natural and cultural heritage of the communities surrounding Elk Knob State Park through natural resource protection, education, and historic preservation. EKCHO is attempting to organize the communities to be more intentional and sustainable in planning for the future. In spring 2009, ECHKO conducted a needs assessment and identified several areas of concern. The board identified projects to promote the natural and cultural heritage of the area including a museum, roadside exhibits, and Land Preservation publications. ASU/ATP students were asked to help EKCHO move toward its goals by conducting oral histories and other research activities relating to their community goals.
Student Participants: Lucus Bowman, Ashley Brewer, Anne Chesky, Donna Corriher, Hannah Furgiuele, Tracey Jarrell, Taylor Kirkland, Shannon Perry
Faculty: Patricia Beaver, Katherine Ledford
Patricia Beaver, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Appalachian Studies
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32018
Boone, NC 28608