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Project Seeks Donation of New Encyclopedia of Appalachia to Schools in Appalachian Region

May 2006


A new donation program is helping Appalachian schools obtain their own copies of the first-of-its kind Encyclopedia of Appalachia.

The encyclopedia, published in March 2006 by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, is a comprehensive work on the Region's land, people, economics, cultural traditions, and institutions. It contains over 2,000 entries edited by scholars recognized in their fields.

The Encyclopedia-in-Schools Project, sponsored by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services and the University of Tennessee Press, will help make the encyclopedia available to intermediate and high schools in Appalachia through individual and business donations. Purchased in lots of 25 or more, the books will be discounted and provided to school libraries.

Priority is given to schools in counties designated as economically distressed by the Appalachian Regional Commission. However, donors may elect to donate copies of the encyclopedia to schools in other Appalachian counties.

For information on the Encyclopedia-in-Schools Project and on the encyclopedia, visit the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services Web site or call (423) 439-7865.