Two creeks converging in Appalachian countryside.
Craftsman making Windsor chair; mountain dulcimer leaning against wooden boards; irregular stone stairway laid uphill through holler; working mill in Great Smoky Mountains.
Trail through holler in early morning fog.

Appalachian Studies

Urban Appalachian Voices: Southwest Ohio Writers Speak of Home

In April 2018 the 41stAppalachian Studies Association welcomed over 1,000 scholars, activists, and performers to Cincinnati for a remarkable conference entitled Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond its Borders.  Building on this collaboration and growing awareness of Appalachian migration, this event proudly reunites three outstanding women—Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel; writer and musician Sherry Cook Stanforth; and award-winning storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku—for a unique evening of storytelling, poetry, and reflections on place and home.

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Students of Appalachian heritage at Miami Hamilton are eligible for scholarship support provided by O’Tucks (the Ohioans from Kentucky Association), the Appalachian Community Development Association of Greater Cincinnati, and other generous donors.

Academic Opportunities

Courses in Appalachian literature, music, film and other topics are available for students at Miami regional campuses.


Down Home, Downtown is a free live music series monthly at Miami Hamilton Downtown featuring regional performers who draw on Appalachian traditions, and the ticketed Miami Regionals Artist Series presents prominent national bluegrass artists several times each year. Public Programs Scholars, writers, artists, poets and other speakers offer programs about Appalachian heritage open to the public free of charge.

Oral Histories

“What’s Your Story?” and “Heritage Stories of the Miami Valley” programs at Miami Hamilton Downtown record the life stories of prominent community members in interviews before a live audience.


Twentieth Century migration brought thousands of Appalachians to the Miami Valley, and Appalachian Studies is partnering with local neighborhood organizations to identify and celebrate distinctive cultural traditions that came with them.