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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Ohio University


Ohio University

Ohio University students partnered with the Little Cities of Black Diamonds (LCBD) Council to provide informative content at the annual (LCBD) Community Day and to produce a report on community assets and interests in order to guide future projects and programming. The LCBD is made up of 56 towns built during the coal boom of the late 1800s. Students worked with the community partner to plan the Community Day and developed “mini TED talks” to present at the event, providing new context and perspectives on local history. Students conducted a series of interviews and focus groups with residents to gather information on historical and current issues relevant to the community, and to identify community assets and interests. Students then developed a report of their findings based on the data collected from the interviews and focus groups. These activities provided students with opportunities to practice leadership skills and to gain experience working with communities. The goal of the project was to provide the LCBD with key insights into new directions to take toward their goal of maintaining their community in a sustainable way.

2018 Proposal

2018 Final Report

Student Participants: Jontaya Solomon, Margo Williamson, Nicholas Eldridge, Tyler Martin, Shelbey Shope, Colby Emery

Faculty: Rich Greenlee

Contact Information:
Dr. Rich Greenlee
Ohio University Eastern Campus
45425 National Road
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950

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