Kentucky Flood Recovery Efforts
Most of you are aware of the disastrous floods that struck eastern Kentucky beginning July 26. According to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, the death toll as of Aug. 10 was at 38. Appalachian Places and the East Tennessee State University Department of Appalachian Studies stand with our neighbors in Kentucky as they work to recover from this disaster and we encourage everyone to assist as they are able. If you would like to help, please refer to the list of reputable agencies below.
For more than 50 years, the Appalshop media and arts organization based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, has provided quality media and education to the Appalachian region. Their facilities were hit hard by the floods. You can sign up on their volunteer page, donate directly to Appalshop, or find other ways to help in their list of resources.
Since 1902, the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Kentucky, has offered education and service programs to Appalachia. Their campus suffered severe damage from the floods. ETSU faculty and staff and ETSU’s Archives of Appalachia have joined others in attempts to salvage irreplaceable materials from the Hindman archives.