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A new exhibit at the Kentucky Coal Museum

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Sustainable Harlan: Energy for Change is a new exhibit opening July 31 at the Kentucky Coal Museum. The exhibit consists of photographs from around Harlan County and interviews with Harlan County residents about the challenges we face and our sources of hope for the future. At 5:30 p.m. there will be a free soup bean, cornbread, and sandwich dinner and open tour of the exhibition.


As part of the opening, Make/Do, an evening of performance and discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Make/Do will include a concert by local singer-songwriters, a series of new scenes created from local stories performed by local actors in the Higher Ground style, readings by local writers, a talk/demonstration by guest artist and television host Jimmy DiResta, and panel discussions about how to create a sustainable future for our area. Make/Do will be recorded for possible use on public television.


Larry LaFollette, archivist and collections manager for the Appalachian Archives and Kentucky Coal Museum will join those who have been interviewed and those conducting the interviews in the open forum discussion. According to LaFollette, “The Kentucky Coal Museum tells the story of the challenges faced by people in our area to produce energy resources for others. It seems like the perfect setting for a discussion on how we can develop the broad range of energies, not simply those associated with the production of electricity, but the social energies we need to create a better life for ourselves.”


Admission for all events is free.


Larry LaFollette is the curator of Sustainable Harlan: Energy for Change. Robert Gipe, Nick Cornett, and students in Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College’s summer Creative Development course are producing Make/Do. Independent filmmaker Jason Edwards is producing the recording of the night’s activities. Support comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Brushy Fork Institute, Alternate ROOTS Partners in Action and the Robert E. Frazier Foundation.


The Kentucky Coal Museum is located on Main Street in downtown Benham.


For further information contact Robert Gipe at 606-589-3130 (robert.gipe@kctcs.edu) or Larry LaFollette at 606-589-3131 (larry.lafollette@kctcs.edu).


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