Spotlight West Virginia, Spring 2014:
Ramping Up for Spring
The article on ramps (a traditional Appalachian food) starts on page 40.
The article also includes my photographs.
Spotlight West Virginia, Fall 2013:
Anatomy of a Roller Girl
The article starts on page 38 and also includes my photographs from various roller derby bouts.
Capital City South Life
I wrote a monthly food column titled “From the Mountain Kitchen” for this community magazine. It is also published under the title The Valley Voice for Putnam County residents.
The monthly column usually included a recipe and information about the month’s food topic and photographs.
The magazine doesn’t have a website but I have a pdf of a column, click here to view it.
Return to Main Street : An Assessment of the Main Street Revitalization Program
The thesis for my master’s degree in Humanities from Marshall University was an academic paper, historical research, and a study in community organization. I selected to write about the National Main Street program to incorporate both topics I had emphasized during my studies in the program–Appalachian culture and history.
Once the heart of a town’s commercial district, Main Street in the post-World War II era became a ghost town as suburbanization lured consumers and merchants to new shopping complexes in rural areas. From the 1950s to the 1970s, with the aid of federal dollars cities embarked on various urban renewal projects. These revitalization attempts did not help the slumping commercial districts. In many cases, they destroyed historic buildings and left the cleared city blocks empty for decades. The National Main Street Program, created and administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, began in 1980 to address problems faced by American Main Streets. Since its implementation, the National Main Street Program through its Four-Point Approach has helped communities restore and rehabilitate their downtowns. In West Virginia, several towns utilize this revitalization methodology. This study reviews the revitalization efforts in St. Albans, West Virginia, a Main Street community since 2001.