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Experience Appalachian Culture at Cincinnati Museum Center

Free Insights film and discussion on Friday, and Culture Fest activities Saturday and Sunday bring the mountain culture to you!

CINCINNATI – Are you curious about Appalachian culture? Join us Feb. 17, 18 and 19 as we explore the sounds, entertainment, goods and challenges of Appalachia.

The Last Mountain film screening and discussion – Friday, Feb. 17

Kick-off the weekend with a special Insights Lecture Series documentary film screening and panel discussion of The Last Mountain. The film begins at 6 p.m. with the discussion to follow moderated by Greg Howard, executive director of the Urban Appalachian Council. Light refreshments and coffee will be provided. Click here to view the trailer.

Film synopsis: In the valleys of Appalachia, a small community is waging a battle with a coal mining company to preserve a mountain they hold dear. This documentary, featuring Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., follows this battle and raises issues at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns.

Appalachian Culture Fest – Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 & 19

Appalachian Culture Fest returns this weekend with scrumptious food, skilled mountain crafters selling handmade items, traditional arts and talented bluegrass musicians and storytellers. Highlights of this year’s Appalachian Culture Fest include:

-An Appalachian marketplace with handmade original goods including home décor, jewelry, walking sticks and candy.

-Passport to the World stage with authentic bluegrass songs, dance and storytelling.

-The festival’s Appalachian Trail! Walk through and meet a beekeeper, traveling doctor, fiddle player and experience working in a mine through our scale-model coal mine.

-For the kids – Appalachian toys, crafts music and storytelling in Duke Energy Children’s Museum.

-Appalachian Film Festival featuring the natural resources and social conditions of the Appalachian region.

Make sure you see it all! When you arrive, pick up your “passport” and head to the listed stamping stations throughout the festival. Complete each challenge to answer the questions and you’ll receive a coupon for a buy-one-get-one-free All Museums Pass!

All activities in the Rotunda are free and activities throughout the museums are included with museum admission or free for Members. Get an All Museums Pass for $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children to check out Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Cincinnati History Museum.

The 2011-2012 Passport to the World series is presented by Luxottica. Appalachian Culture Fest is supported by k12 and in partnership with the Appalachian Community Development Association (ACDA).

For a complete schedule of events and vendors or for more information, visit

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