For Teachers

"Ballads to Bluegrass" is a traveling exhibit in a guitar case and is available to teachers to check out and use in their classrooms.

A Short History of Traditional Mountain Music

Traditional Appalachian music
is mostly based upon Anglo Celtic (British Isles) folk ballads and instrumental dance tunes.  The former were almost always sung unaccompanied, and usually by women, fulfilling roles as keepers of the families' cultural heritage and rising above dreary monotonous work through fantasies of escape and revenge.  Read more...

"Let's Learn About Coal"

Bibliography of Children's Books


The “Let’s Learn about Coal” Teacher’s Trunk is available at no charge to all area public and private schools, home schools, and nonprofit educational organizations. The trunk contains teaching materials that include coal samples, coal-related activities, coal-related artifacts, and lesson plans about coal, coal mining, and coal communities. The teaching trunk may be used by multiple teachers within your school during the use period.

The resources included in the trunk fulfill many curriculum standards for Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky.

  • The trunk is loaned on a weekly basis. The loan period may be extended if necessary.

  • The trunk may be picked up at the Museum on Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. or an alternate time may be scheduled in advance.

  • Call (423) 439-4392 for more information and to reserve the trunk.