Jordan Hackworth represents a young generation of Appalachians. He achieves representation through his online magazine, Squalor. His magazine highlights a variety of Appalachian culture and voices—from a banjo maker in Harlan County KY to local tattoo artists—reminding us that Appalachia is a unique place where traditional and contemporary trades, arts, and hobbies thrive. Keep reading about Jordan and his project in this week's blog post!

Plus, check out the UACC's most recent COVID-19 Fact Sheet for important statistics and observations regarding the pandemic's impacts on various neighborhoods and demographics throughout Cincinnati, recent publications from UACC's Jeff Dey, Mike Maloney and Shannon Gillie, our featured artist (who will make an appearance in our first-ever virtual Ringin' In an Appalachian New Year celebration), and more!

Covid-19 Facts for Cincinnati During the Month of November 14 - December 14
  • The number of deaths increased from 124 to 148. The number of confirmed cases increased by 61% from 9,232 to 14,901.
  • The rate of increase for whites and the number of cases again surpassed those of blacks. Black deaths (65) were still higher than for whites (57).
  • Unlike during the summer, the fall surge in cases is raging among the 40-80 population though the 20-29 group still has the most cumulative cases (4,329).  The fall surge has caused dramatic increases in all age groups.
  • The epicenter of the virus is still the Westwood-Price Hill area with 2859 cases. The university area (CUF) is now the second largest contiguous concentration of cases (936). (College Hill (633), Hyde Park (574), Oakley (588) and Avondale (440) account for another 2,235 cases.
  • Daily new cases (7-day average) started at about 20 on June 1, and peaked at 75 later in June.
  • In the third surge (October – December) new cases rose to about 230 per day.
This data is excerpted from the full report by Michael Maloney and John Bealle for the UACC Research Committee. See the full report at
Core Member, Jeff Dey, and the ASA Special Collections Committee

Core member, Jeff Dey, has been participating on the ASA Special Collections Committee which is a group of archivists and librarians for special libraries serving the Appalachian region. Since UACC has both (an archive from the legacy UAC at Berea College and our special library, the Frank Foster Memorial Urban Appalachian Library), it seemed like a good committee to be involved with. This article was written by Jeff Dey, Shannon Gillie and Mike Maloney for that committee's quarterly newsletter, the Appalachian Curator, edited by Gene HydeHead of Special Collections and University Archivist & Records Officer, Ramsey Library at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Mountain Minor Featured on Cover of the Public Media Connect Program Guide

The Mountain Minor made the cover of this month's issue of the Public Media Connect Program Guide for CET Public Television in Cincinnati and ThinkTV Network in Dayton! (That's Asa Nelson, who plays "Young Charlie," on the cover.) "The Mountain Minor" will air on CET and ThinkTV from December 18-25. Check local listings in SW Ohio.



Eileen Schenk

Eileen Branigan Schenk, longtime friend and supporter of UAC/UACC, died on December 14, 2020. She and her husband, Jim, were founders of Imago, the EcoVillage, and Price Hill Will. Her obituary can be found at

A Zoom life celebration was held on December 20, 2020. It is hoped that an in-person service will be held on her birthday, July 8, 2021.
UACC's First-Ever Virtual Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year
Sunday, January 17 from 1-3 PM

This year has presented its many challenges and although we can not gather to ring in the New Year, we can certainly celebrate virtually.

Mark your calendars for UACC's first all virtual Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year event in January. Participants can expect storytelling, poetry, recipe swapping, bluegrass & old-time music, and great company - as always! 

Check back in for more details about this event and how to register in next week's newsletter and make sure to follow us on Facebook for regular updates.
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