We're all familiar with popular sweeteners like maple syrup, cane sugar, molasses, etc., but have you ever heard of sweet sorghum? This crop originated in Africa and found its way to the States via European settlers where it quickly became a cash crop. It is a staple food in Appalachian cuisine and is used as syrup to sweeten pastries and desserts. Mike Templeton (who, admittedly, has somewhat of a chronic sweet tooth) gives us an excellent history/culture lesson on the unsung crop of Appalachia in this week's blog post.

Plus, another Price Hill Health Fair hosted by Santa Maria, an interesting article about the global history of West Virginia coal, and a video about the Appalachian folk art of knives from the exhibit "Expressions of Home." Check it out below!

Where Does West Virginia’s Coal Go? A Global History
"By 1940, ports like Huntington on the Ohio River and its tributaries were shipping over 8 million tons of southern West Virginia coal a year downriver to cities like Cincinnati and Louisville, and coal from the northern fields made up some of the 24 million tons shipped up the Monongahela River to Pittsburgh. 

Meanwhile, railroads like the B&O carried coal to Great Lakes ports in northern Ohio like Cleveland, Ashtabula, and Toledo, from which more than 43 million tons of bituminous coal was shipped to places like Chicago, Milwaukee, and Canada in 1940." Read the full article at

Join BCM Curator of Collections Jason French as he explains why these hand-forged knives are pieces of Appalachian folk art.

FREE Bus Rides - Get Out the Vax

Cincinnati Metro and Access paratransit service will, once again, offer free rides on designated days to help people get to COVID-19 vaccination sites. To support “Get Out the Vax” efforts, all Metro and Access service will be free on all routes the second and fourth Saturdays and Sundays in April and May:
  • Saturday, April 24
  • Sunday, April 25
  • Saturday, May 8
  • Sunday, May 9
  • Saturday, May 22
  • Sunday, May 23

In addition, Metro will provide free rides on all routes each day of the upcoming COVID-19 mass vaccination event being held Thursday, April 8, through Saturday, April 10, at the Cintas Center. The Cintas Center is served by Metro Rts. 43151 and Metro*Plus. Customers are encouraged to use the Transit app to plan and track their trips in real-time.

Metro will also provide a free shuttle service transporting riders from Metro bus stops located at Montgomery & Dana and Woodburn & Dana, in addition to making stops at the Xavier University parking lot C-2 and the overflow parking lot, to the main entrance of the Cintas Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Metro is offering the free rides in partnership with the Regional COVID Communications Center, a collaboration between the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and the Health Collaborative; the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Transportation, City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The rides will be funded through the “Rides for Community Immunity” program announced by the Ohio Department of Transportation, which is distributing funds across Ohio’s 88 counties to help get the state’s most vulnerable populations transportation to vaccine locations.

Santa Maria Community Services Health Fair
Saturday, April 24 from 10 AM-1 PM @ Price Hill Recreation Center

2021 "Women Speak"
May 1 - July 30

The submission portal for the 2021 Women of Appalachia spoken word event opens May 1! Submit your work here once they open.

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