Joan Vannorsdall Schroeder

Comebacks around restorations of historic theatres are a source of pride in four mountain towns. more


The conjoined twins lived lives that took them far beyond their biological unusualness. more


On Open Mic Night in our small mountain town of Clifton Forge, you just sit back and take what comes along, and it’s all fine. more

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In 1991, writer Joan Vannorsdall Schroeder spent time in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee investigating the Melungeons, a group of people who'd been an enigma in Appalachian history for centuries. more

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An Extraordinary Woman, And Equal To Any Emergency: Mary Draper Ingles' Return To Virginia's New River Valley more

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In 1916 World War I raged in Europe. Dadaism, ripe with comic derision and irrationality, took hold in artistic circles. Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic. It was a good year for scapegoats. It was a good year to hang an elephant. more

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