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.