Stories from the Mountains: “Creating Our Own Future”

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development turns 40 this year. To help celebrate this milestone, the organization has taken a step back to reflect on the amount of just economic transition that’s taken place in the region over the past 40 years. They’ve been collecting stories, and have compiled them on a new website, “Stories from the Mountains.”

Renew Appalachia is proud to share some of those stories over the holiday months, as a way to spread the hope and joy that is present when the people of eastern Kentucky begin to rebuild their communities together, with an eye on the future. 

In order to move forward in any way, it’s important to take a look at the past from which we’ve come. That’s why MACED included a 20th anniversary video in their “Stories from the Mountains” project.

Here’s a blurb about the video:

In 1996, MACED celebrated its 20th anniversary. Appalshop produced a piece featuring staff and some of the key projects from that time. The statements captured in these interviews still ring true today.

To learn more about MACED’s “Stories” project, or to see more of the stories they’ve collected so far, check out their website.