Twelve-hour class offers immersion in Appalachian heritage

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To say that the Appalachian region is a source of rich heritage is an understatement. From its distinctive history, language, and music to its varied folkways, geography, and wildlife, Appalachia has been the subject of numerous studies, books, films, and musical compositions. A non-credit class offered by Pellissippi State Community College distills that history into 12 hours of exploration geared both to lifelong residents and those new to the area.

“Our Appalachia: The Smokies and Beyond” offers students a sampling of the Great Smoky Mountains region of the Tennessee–North Carolina border, with special emphasis on Blount, Sevier, Graham, Monroe and Swain counties. Attendees will learn about Appalachian heritage, as well as explore possible connections between the mountains and their own families.

Instructor Mark Davidson is a retired Blount County social studies teacher who developed an Appalachian Studies program for students at William Blount High School. Depending on the interest of class participants, an optional field trip led by Davidson may be scheduled as part of the course. Additional costs associated with a field trip will be announced in class.

“Our Appalachia: The Smokies and Beyond” is offered at two Pellissippi State locations. Dates and times are as follows: Thursdays, March 14-April 18, 6-8 p.m., Hardin Valley Campus; Mondays, March 18-April 22, 6-8 p.m., Blount County Campus.

Class fee is $89. An additional materials fee of approximately $18 is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

The non-credit class is offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. For information or registration, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.