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Christy Sweeney is looking for Appalachian stories, recipes and folktales to include in the Web site,, an archive of true stories, fiction, poetry, art and pictures from those who have lived in Appalachia or who have Appalachian ancestry.


Sweeney, a daughter and granddaughter of coal miners, was raised in Fort Gay and Louisa, Ky. Now a practicing attorney in Lexington, Ky., Sweeney hopes that the Appalachian stories collected on the site will help others who share similar pasts learn and connect.


“Appalachia has a culture unlike anywhere else in the country — a culture that includes an unmatched oral tradition rich with folk lore, old wives’ tales and parables,” Sweeney said.

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