Around Here: The Places Project collects, shares and archives places and stories that matter to the people who live and work on and around “the mountain” – Tennessee’s South Cumberland plateau. Its aim is to create a very local encyclopedia that shares knowledge and experience and reminds us why place matters. You can learn more about it by following this link.
The Places Project is my community-based research project (with my students) at Sewanee: the University of the South. It is affiliated with the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies.
We hope that this project can make people’s history visible and share-able. We aim to create a living archive of place from a diverse array of community members’ perspectives — from the seventh generation local to the newly arrived student. We believe it will serve as a tool for grant-writing, environmental stewardship and conversations about cultural and historic similarities and differences among groups who share this mountain.
Around Here takes one important step toward discovering how our shared love of this place, along with our diverse knowledge and experiences, can make this mountain flourish.