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Mtn. Talk: Jenkins Kentucky’s New App

Mtn. Talk: Jenkins Kentucky’s New App

The app was designed and programmed by Bruce Parsons at Beekeep Digital Agency.

In this episode we’re learning about a new App developed right here in Letcher County, that launches in August 2018 in conjunction with Jenkins Homecoming Days. The app, Jenkins: A City Built on Coal, is a virtually guided walking and driving tour. Users are guided on the tour by oral history recordings of nine local residents who share memories of 14 different locations throughout the town.

The media-rich walking and driving tour highlights the historic industrial architecture and unique stories of the birth, life, and transition of an American coal mining town and its sense of itself as part of a future beyond coal. Appalshop and the City of Jenkins worked together alongside local and regional artists and community members to produce public art around town, and to develop the app. 

In this program we’ll hear from Appalshop based Project Director Elizabeth Barret and Archivist Caroline Rubens who explain the behind the scenes history to the app’s development.  We’ll also meet some of the virtual tour guides, and hear stories from two of the locations on the tour:  The Cavalier Cafe and the Coal and Railroad Museum.

The official launch of the app takes place during the 2018 Jenkins Homecoming Days – August 23rd through 25th.  


appalachian history,
arts & culture,
coal industry,
economic transition,