A partnership between the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Appalachian Program and the Kentucky Coal Museum was recently showcased on the Kentucky Historical Society’s (KHS) blog.
The blog highlights History Alive, a half hour radio program, hosted by Theresa Osborne, the SKCTC Appalachian Program coordinator and Phyllis Sizemore, the curator of the Kentucky Coal Museum. The show, which has aired on WCPM in Cumberland and WMMT in Whitesburg for around six years, helps to preserve the local heritage and culture of the region through oral histories.
“Working with Phyllis these past six years on the History Alive program, listening to the stories of the people of our area, and learning the region’s history through the people who lived it, has been one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had,” said Osborne. “I feel it has also been one of the most important things I have done in my life. That is what is so great about it. We have fun while doing the important work of saving our history and keeping it alive.”
“Working on History Alive is a real privilege. Choosing people from the community, and beyond, to express their feelings about our history and their heritage and experiences in our area educates all of us about what is important in our community,” said Sizemore.
As part of the blog, the KHS focuses on an interview Osborne and Sizemore did with Karida Brown, a PhD candidate from Brown University who has studied out-migration of African-Americans from Harlan County to locations across the United States.
You can read the blog at history.ky.gov/radio-program-preserves-local-heritage-and-culture/.