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Keepers of the Traditions, Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians, book cover

Keepers of the Tradition, Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians, fine art portraits by Leslie Roberts Gregg, Stories by Michael Abraham, guest introduction by Fred First, book cover

Keepers of the Tradition is a collaborative venture between portrait artist Leslie Roberts Gregg and author Michael Abraham to showcase a dozen contemporary Appalachian people who are keeping the traditions of their forefathers alive. The project began in December 2013 and in February 2015, design files were sent to the printer for the book. The portraits and books were unveiled on April 26, 2015.

The book is 9″ x 12″, hardcover, with 96 full color pages, and is published by Pocahontas Press. It is available here on our website, at Pocahontas Press, and at the Alexander Black House and Cultural Center, Blacksburg.

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  1. beautiful book – presentation at WHV EXCELLENT — will go to Black House to get several for family. Thank you both for a wonderful contribution that will be a resource for the history of this area.

  2. Michael,
    I am placing 2 orders-one for each of my daughters. Would you please write something in each, keeping in mind that my ancestors were among the initial settlers of Check, VA.

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