Young Adults

Appalachian History and Culture


Exploring History

This presentation defines the Appalachian region and explores the history of those who settled here.  It provides insights into the origins of Appalachian culture and beliefs; important historical events which shaped the region; and the roles absentee ownership and extractive industries continue to play in the region.

Peggy Calestro and Julie Calestro-McDonald are a mother-daughter team who have been fascinated for more than 20 years with Central Appalachia.  Both have written about Appalachian history and culture.  Julie is a clinical social worker at OSU/Harding Behavioral Health and Medicine and Peggy is Vice President of the Ohio Children's Foundation.