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  1. I love the video. I have been lucky enough to meet and work with some of the most inspiring people in the world here in WV. In my own home Town, Matewan, WV, so many have worked and we have seen positive change. I’m grateful to WV Hub, Try This, and so many that have helped. It is inspiring to be a part of creating our own state and coming into our own identy. Others have controlled the narrative for far too long.

    IN THE FUTURE WHAT WILL SOUTHERN WV – ALL OF WV BE? ………. iNFUSED with a wonderful NEW ENERGY & A THRIVING group of Amazing Appalachian Artisans- the people that have become the Heart & Soul of America in this new century? You think that is impossible? This little area always has been the heart of America for almost a hundred years. The coal trains were like arteries and veins to our nation.The national resources of giant trees, gas, and coal, flowed out of West Virginia, like our state was an never ending source that gave light, home, and life. Our riches were plundered, while we were ridiculed. The youth were our most important resource and they became a progressive part of our nation, when they left their home. Fear grows & they say, “We are nothing without coal?” Really? We always were “Something!” Our earth may be filled with empty caverns and many blasted away mountains. Yet light shines in a vacuum. A new perspective is discovered, a new energy within, creates enlightened minds & hearts. It flows from our center, and no one can take it away. Be Still – I Am. STAY HERE AND CREATE.

    I want to invite you to Matewan’s Homecoming this Sat. 1oth. Be sure to visit our New West Virginia Mine Wars Museum.
    Wilma Lee Steele

  2. Love this movement!
    Please add me!

  3. The Team from Young Chapel AMEC will be attending the up coming meeting October 15,2016 at Wesleyan College. In attendance, will be, myself Teresa Crisp, Sparkle Wade, and Amanda Fain. We will not be able to purchase with credit card, we will pay for the workshop when we arrive. We would appreciate it, if you include us in head count.
    we will be representing ” Growing Healthy Children”
    thanks Teresa Crisp

  4. i will be working with the native American community in Choctaw Mississippi this coming year. I would like to use this program to help them

    • Global vision Faith Center in Philadelphia Mississippi

  5. I am the outreach lead for West Virginia at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supports local advocates working to improve the health of their communities. We provide a range of resources at no cost to advocates, including community coaching to help organizations and coalitions in their efforts to promote policy changes and/or implement programs aimed at systems changes. Please send me a note if you’d like to hear more about any of the resources CHR&R provides.

  6. What a wonderful idea(s). So creative and fun to review. Thanks for all your efforts.

    I have an idea to pass along. See what you think:

    TIME TRAVEL IN WEST VIRGINIA. Restore single homes, streets, or homesteads, communities, small towns, sections of cities, to their heyday with full reenactment, making an excellent destination (small or larger), invite visitors, charge admission. These are the kinds of places we, Europeans, and folks all around the world visit all the time: castles, physical features (Stonehenge), chalets (Swiss), hot springs (Bath). But we needed go that far.

    In WV, for example:
    -a timber boom town
    -tractor museum complete with rides
    -a coal tipple
    -a coal town
    -a railroad city–in its heyday. All these, in their heyday.
    -a farm community—maybe raising organic veggies, or horses, cattle
    -a real cow/milk parlor ending with free bowl of homemade ice cream
    -a coal mine
    -a 1920s district
    -a 1930s district or town
    -a 1850 district
    -Additional “Helvetias” /ethnic communities
    -a civil war town or area
    -a demonstration moonshiner set up
    -a demonstration of a homestead

    -set up a series of related experiences in different communities around the state and a common theme (civil war history, solar homes, 1955) and then write a little guide for anyone who wants to explore that time period or theme. Construct an admission/fee charge system.

    Oh, the places we could go!

    There is no limit. All authentic and/or reenactment, like at Prickets Fork, Fort New Salem, civil/revolutionary war reenactments, Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum, Harpers Ferry, guided tours of Sinks of Gandy.

    Invite volunteer to help and just put it together. I’ve not known a project that did not take a considerable amount of donated labor to get it up and running. Physical work especially is so rewarding. Once operating, employ local people, provide superb experiences, and pay applicable taxes.

  7. I’m involved in the movement in Tennessee for a Healthier State. Presently we have most to the Counties certified. We are in Eat Tennessee in Andersonville, at beautiful Norris Lake. We also have a home based business that promotes each of us to become Healthier & Wealthier. Our team is working presently in the state of West Virginia to promote this business. Please visit, register and take the Free Tour or visit us on fb at Ron Milligan for questions or comments!! Thanks, Ron

  8. Awesome! Can’t wait to check it out! 😀

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