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Preserving Appalachian Culture: Recovery and Remediation of Appalshop’s Legacy Media Content

29 May 2024

Founded in 1969 as the Appalachian Film Workshop, Appalshop has grown to become a media, arts, and education center located in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in the heart of the southern Appalachian region of the United States. Archivist Caroline Rubens will discuss Appalshop’s history and mission and how the floods of 2022 devastated their extensive archival collection of audio recordings, videos, photographs, and artwork that document history and life in the Appalachian Mountains, and as well as ongoing recovery and restoration efforts.

About Caroline Rubens
Caroline Rubens joined Appalshop in 2007 as staff archivist. In her current role as director of the Appalshop Archive, she supervises the preservation, cataloging, and dissemination of Appalshop’s archival holdings, manages public programming initiatives, and leads fundraising efforts. Rubens holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and advocates in various forums for the preservation of independent and community media.

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May 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


East Tennessee History Center
601 S Gay St
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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(865) 215-8830
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