The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council has an exciting month-long Little Cities Appalachian Spring celebration on tap for regional residents and visitors alike. The annual celebration will begin with a special two-day regional workshop commemorating the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty speech at Ohio University in 1964. The event will feature a tour of the Little Cities Region on Thursday, April 3rd, followed by opening ceremonies for the conference that evening at Ohio University’s Baker Center. On Friday, April 4th a day-long series of thematic sessions reflecting on the impact of Johnson’s Great Society programs on the region will be anchored by a keynote address from Dr. Ron Eller, author of Uneven Ground, Appalachia Since 1945. Registration details will be released soon.
Appalachian Spring events continue with the opening of the exhibit Coal Town Childhood: Growing Up in the Hocking Valley Coalfields. The exhibit will open during Nelsonville’s Final Friday event on Friday evening, April 25 (6-9PM), accompanied by a Children’s Chautauqua Show that evening as well. The exhibit be on display at Stuart’s through mid-June.
Two Little Cities Appalachian Spring Tours are on tap for Friday, April 25th (Half-Day Tour) and Saturday, April 26th (Full-Day Tour). Tour registration details will be released soon.
The season’s celebration will conclude with the 9th Annual Tour De Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday, May 3, departing from Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville. Ride registration details will be released soon.