Calendar of Events
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
East Tennessee Historical Society: Lecture: Foxfire Women with Kami Ahrens
Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel, Literature, spoken word, writing and Virtual
Foxfire Women: Stories of Landscape and Community in the Mountain South
March 29, 2023 @ 12:00 p.m.
Kami Ahrens will introduce us to the women featured in Foxfire's newest publication, The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women: Stories of Landscape and Community in the Mountain South. This edited volume features twenty-one oral histories from Appalachian women from the Foxfire archive, magazine, and book series. These remarkable narratives, as told through oral histories, illuminate a diverse regional culture held together by the threads that are woven between women and place, and across generations. Told sometimes with humor, sometimes with sadness, but always with a gripping rawness and honesty, the stories recount women’s lived experiences from 1967 to the present, in Georgia and the Carolinas. As a collective, the stories speak against the regional stereotypes and offer instead a sampling of the many expressions of their strength.
Kami Ahrens joined the Foxfire Museum in 2017. She is responsible for curating artifacts and archival materials, developing exhibits and publications, as well as managing programs at the Foxfire Museum. She hosts and produces the organization’s podcast, “It Still Lives.” Kami also serves as executive editor for the Foxfire Magazine and oversees the organization’s hallmark leadership program for local high school students. Originally from the St. Louis area, Kami attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for graduate school before relocating to Georgia.
East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824, www.eastTNhistory.org/lights-camera