Center wants to clarify Appalachian misconceptions

Center wants to clarify Appalachian misconceptions

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By by ELIZABETH SAULSBURY
Johnson City Press

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - In news, television, movies and popular culture, Appalachia is often depicted as drug-addicted, dirty, uneducated and impoverished. But the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services and The Appalachian Project are on a mission to change that.

The Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University celebrates the true cultural heritage of Appalachia by documenting and showcasing Appalachia's past. This year marks the center's 30th anniversary.

The center includes the Reece Museum and the Archives of Appalachia. It also publishes Now & Then, a magazine committed to the honest representation of all aspects of the Appalachian region.

The Reece Museum exhibits the true nature of Appalachia's past for ETSU and the community. It also displays the contemporary art and culture of the area.

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