Miami University Appalachian Studies

Public programs


Literary arts


Migration brought hundreds of thousands of Appalachians to Ohio's Miami Valley in the 20th century seeking jobs in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Middletown, Dayton and elsewhere. Appalachian Studies explores the rich traditions that came with them, including musical, religious, family and historical experiences that shaped regional and urban Appalachian life. rnrnWe offer free public programs; courses available in Appalachian Studies; and student scholarships supported by local community partners. In addition, the Southwestern Ohio Bluegrass Music Project (co-sponsored by Miami Appalachian Studies, Smith Library of Regional History, Greene County Public Library, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County) explores the region's rich bluegrass heritage, making it accessible to the public and researchers through free public programs and concerts, a traveling exhibit, published anthology of writings, and forthcoming companion recording project (in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways).

Miami University Appalachian Studies serves Miami's regional Hamilton and Middletown campuses, and the surrounding community. Our public programs and classroom offerings explore, preserve, and celebrate the distinct history and culture of Appalachian migrants and their descendants in southwestern Ohio.


Contact Info

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1601 University Boulevard, Hamilton OH45011