EHS students plan book on traditional Appalachian skills

10:00 am | October 17, 2013

Skills that were once a required part of daily life are now regarded as dying art forms, but a group of students at Photo by Brandon HicksElizabethton High School wants to preserve them with a book detailing these skills and crafts.

The book will be a class project for some of the students taking Special Topics in U.S. History. The students want to talk to individuals in Carter County who have knowledge, or stories, about now-unfamiliar skills that used to be an integral part of daily life.

“We want to talk to people about some of the older traditions,” said student Courtney Banks. “Our goal is to find these people with these skills and talk to them about it.”

Some of the skill areas the students are focusing on in their book are food preservation, like canning; quilting, woodworking, farming and gardening, mule training, cabin building, blacksmithing, glass working, weaving, needlepoint and cooking skills like making jams, jellies and molasses.

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