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Harlan County Harlan KY


Art and Craft Supplies


Arts Instruction

Arts Organizations

Display and Selling Venues

General Resources

Oral Histories

Public Art

Slide Show

Special Events

Special Projects


Harlan County StatisticsKentucky PostSecondary Education Profile (CPE) .PDF file

Architecture back to top

Benham Historic District Photos
KY 160, Central Ave., McKnight and Cypress Sts.
Benham, KY
Architecture: NA

Cumberland Central Business DistrictPhotos
Freeman St., Huff Dr., the Poor Fork of the Cumberland R., Cumberland Ave., and W. Main St., Cumberland Cumberland, KY
Architecture: Bungalow/Craftsman

Harlan Commercial District Photos
Mound, Second, Clover, and Main Sts. Harlan, KY
Architecture: 20th Century Commercial and Turn-of-The Century Commercial

Harlan Railroad Depot A.K.A. Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot
River St., Harlan

Lynch Historic District Photos
City limits, L&N RR bed, Big Looney Cr., Second, Mountain, Highland Terrace, Liberty, and Church Sts.
Lynch, KY

Pine Mountain Settlement School Photos
E. of Bledsoe on KY 510
Bledsoe, KY

Cloverfolk Museum 203 Pilpot Lane
Evarts, KY 40828
1930’s home, museum established in 1995
Mining memorabilia
Memory wall features bricks engraved with names of former residents and miners Contact

Art and Craft Supplies back to top

Shirt Shack Screen Printing 132 S. Main St.
Harlan, KY 40831

Extreme Designs Unlimited 303 N. Cumberland Ave.
Harlan, KY 40831
Screen printing, commercial printing

Artists back to top

David Mullins Mullins Gallery 606-573-1284
Diverse media

Larry May Benham Mural

John Deaton Deaton Design
109 N. Cumberland Ave.
Harlan, KY 40831
Sign maker, Graphic Designer, Cartoonist
Fax: 606-573-9122
Brandon Goins Harlan Website Design
Web design, photography, graphic design

Judy Mason Rebel Spirit, the JMA Group
Graphic design, multimedia, photography, fine art, photo manipulation, web design
Philip and Missy Bianchi Bianchi Photo
P.O. Box 148
Harlan, KY 40831


Elli G. Scott Mesmeraj Photography

Maxine Clay
Harlan County, KY Tile Mosaic Project
Mosaicists working collaboratively with public tile mosaic panels in Lynch. Partnering organizations for this project include the Appalachian Program of the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, the Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Lynch, and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Mark Doss Mark Doss Photography

Vicki Blakely
Cheap Shot Photos
100 Ross Drive
Baxter, KY 40806

Elaine Conradi Fired Up Pottery
170 Main Street
Benham, KY  40807

Arts Instruction back to top

Art teacher Alice Davis
Ppottery class

Cumberland Elementary Programs and activities (offered in the summer or during the school year on a rotating basis) Include: Art workshops/lessons, woodworking, crafts, photography

Arts and Humanities teacher Joy Branson

Harlan County High School Art Department Rhonda Robinson, Department Head Visual Art Course Offerings include Creative Art (Art I), Art Portfolio (Art II), Ceramics/Pottery, AP Studio Art-General Portfolio, History and Appreciation of Visual Performing Arts

Harlan Independent Schools

Harlan Middle School and Harlan High School Belinda Cassim, Art Teacher
Contact: 606-573-8750 x4209 Fax: 606-573-8760

Evart’s High School Art Club, Contact Visual Arts instructor, Kristen Zink Student Work

Harlan County Christian School Art instructor Heather Adams

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Appalachian Program
Harlan, KY Appalachian Center: 606-589-2145
Contact: Robert Gipe, Appalachian Program Director 606-589-3130
Visual Arts
Contact: Joseph Scopa, Jr., Pottery Program 606-589-3142

Elizabeth Lewis 606-573-0096
Harlan County Courthouse Rotating art collections Art classes, local and visiting artists

Pine Mountain Settlement School36 Highway 510
Pine Mountain, KY 40810
606-558-3571 or 606-558-3542 2009 Workshops offered include: Practical Preservation of Square Log Buildings, Pain-less Panes: Historic Window Restoration, and From the Ground Up—The Art of Building Dry Stone Walls Community Programs include Woodworking Classes

Arts Organizations back to top

Harlan County Photography Guild

Harlan County Arts Council Incorporated 370 Maple St.
Benham, KY 40807

Henderson Settlement and Log House Craft Store email

Harlan Center

Poor Forks Arts and Crafts Store Area for Poor Fork Arts and Crafts Guild, Inc. members to market their works
Meet at the Rebecca Caudill Public Library first Monday of each month at 5:00 P.M.
Library contact:
310 West Main Street
Cumberland, KY 40823
Fax: 606-589-2409

Display and Selling Venues back to top

The Edsel T. Godbey Appalachian CenterElizabeth Lewis 606-573-0096
Harlan County Courthouse
Rotating art collections
Local and visiting artists

Black Bear Festival Craft vendors
Cumberland, KY

Poke Sallet Festival Craft vendors
Craft contests
Photography and Craft Exhibits at the Harlan Center, Center of the Arts Harlan, KY

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum Benham, KY
Loretta Lynn Exhibit includes portraits

David Mullins Mullins Gallery
111 Main St.
Harlan, KY 40831
Diverse media
Gift items include sculpture and ceramics

Poor Forks Arts and Crafts Store Area for Poor Fork Arts and Crafts Guild, Inc. members to market their works

Henderson Settlement and Log House Craft Shop 18 miles SW of Pineville on KY 190 606-337-3613
Craft Shop: 606-337-5823

Benham Garden Club’s New Benham Afghan P.O. Box 145
Benham, KY 40807

Festival of the Mountain Masters Harlan, KY
Village Center Appalachian artists and craftsmen festival
Demonstrators include weavers, broom makers, blacksmiths, quilters, potters
Craft booths Contact: 606-573-2900

General Resources back to top

Benham, Kentucky P.O. Box E
Benham, KY 40807

Harlan County Tourism Harlan Tourism: 606-573-4495
Cumberland Tourism: 606-589-5812
Evarts Tourism: 606-837-0609

Harlan County Chamber of Commerce

Harlan Tourism Commission 201 S. Main St.
Harlan, KY 40831

Evarts, KY 1-877-737-0078

Harlan County P.O. Box 579 Wallins, KY 40873

Harlan Center P.O. Box 489/201
South Main St.
Harlan, KY 4083
1 606-573-4495
Fax: 606-573-9485

Lynch, KentuckyCity Data

Pine Mountain Settlement School

Oral Histories back to top

Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture
Compiled by: Gregory Jenkins, Joseph C. Hickerson, and Ann C. Taft
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: December 2010

AFS 74-75A; 76-77Four discs containing songs performed by James Howard (with fiddle) and G. D. Vowell, recorded in Harlan, Kentucky, August 1933. (45 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4844 reels 6B-7A)

AFC 1937/001: Alan Lomax and Elizabeth Lomax Kentucky Collection Two hundred and twenty-eight 12-inch discs of songs and instrumentals recorded in eastern Kentucky by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax, September and October 1937. Includes performances by Boyd Asher of Hyden, Nora Bagley of Pine Mountain, Maynard Britton of Big Creek, Bill Bundy of Manchester, Tilman Cadle of Pineville, George Davis of Hazard, Jack Garland of Arjay, Jim Garland of Pineville, Munroe Gavedon of West Liberty, Mrs. Nell Hampton of Salyersville, Theophilus G. Hoskins of Hyden, James Howard of Harlan, J. M. Mullins of West Liberty, Mrs. Liza Pace of Hyden, W. M. Stepp of Salyersville, Luther Strong of Hazard, G. D. Vowell of Harlan, Clay Walters of Salyersville, and Walter Williams of Salyersville. (includes AFS 1374-1601) (32 hours; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 101A-117A) [catalog record]

A collection of field recordings made on Presto discs by Alan Lomax and his wife Elizabeth Lomax in eastern Kentucky in September and October 1937 for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress. The collection includes folk songs, ballads, hymns, camp meeting songs, union songs, coal miners' songs, blues, children's songs, stories; banjo, harmonica, guitar, and dulcimer music; and a large number of fiddle tunes.

AFC 1965/015: Daisy Valentine RecordingsOne 7-inch tape of 12 songs sung by Mrs. Daisy Valentine (Hammerman), with guitar and piano accompaniment. Valentine is originally of Harlan, Kentucky and learned these songs from her father who was from Leslie County, Kentucky. Recorded by the singer, February 1965. The collection includes a two pages of a song list and notes. (includes AFS 12,343) (1 hour; LWO 4608) [catalog record]

Summary: Folk songs, children's songs, and yodeling performed by Mrs. Daisy Valentine (Hammerman) originally from Harlan, Kentucky. Mrs. Valentine moved to Washington, D. C. in 1933.

AFS 12,010-12,012: George Korson Bituminous Songs Collection Three 10-inch tapes of instrumentals, a recitation, and songs performed with fiddle and guitar by bituminous coal miners from Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Recorded at various locations by George Korson, 1940. The collection includes three pages of lists.
AFS 12,010A 6-9, 15-17, 21-23; 12,011B 3-4Two tapes containing songs sung by George Davis of Glomawr, Joe Glancy of Harlan, Richard Lawson of Kenvir, William March of Kenvir, and Wesley J. Turner of near Shamrock Mountain, eastern Kentucky. (1 hour; LWO 3960 reels 1-2)

AFS 19,536-19,539 Gene Moore Interview of Elizabeth Barnicle-Cadle and Tilman Cadle Four 7-inch tapes of an interview with Mary Elizabeth Barnicle and Tillman Cadle, of Townsend, Tennessee, by Michael Clark and Gene Moore, January-February 1977. Subjects include personal and family history; Mary Elizabeth Barnicle's career as a folklorist; friendships with Zora Neale Hurston, Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, Alan and John A. Lomax, and Aunt Molly Jackson; fieldwork in Kentucky; and a Harlan County strike. (9 hours; LWO 12,983)

Public Art back to top

Coal Miners’ Memorial Harlan Courthouse Square

John L. Lewis Memorial Lynch, KY Mine 31 Entrance

Benham Mural Located at Benham School House Inn
100 Central Avenue
Benham, KY 40807
Information and Reservations: 1-800-231-0627
Painted by Larry May.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Appalachian Program Tile Mosaic Elli Scott Pace and Maxine Clay, Mosaicists working collaboratively on public tile mosaic panels in Lynch. Partnering organizations for this project include the Appalachian Program of the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, the Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Lynch, and the Kentucky Arts Council.

SKCTC Community Theatre Program Receives ARC and Steele-Reese Foundation GrantsFull Article

Slide Show back to top

Special Events back to top

Fridays through summer.  There is art/crafts & music during the lunch hour and open to the public. 

Friday evening through summer music at the picnic grounds at Kingdom Come state park.  Gospel, bluegrass, sing alongs, and local bands.

Special Projects back to top

The Appalachian Program of the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Coordinated the following projects under a PACT grant (Partnerships Affirming Community Transformations):Tile Mosaic, Community Photography, Higher Ground community theatre

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Supported by The Southeast Education Foundation. Community drama, art exhibitions, oral history, local music that addresses critical community issues, including substance abuse.

Appalachian Program at SKCTC Contact: Robert Gipe, Director 589-3130 2nd Drama In-progress Grant provided by Appalachian Regional Commission Community photography Tile Mosaic “Higher Ground”






















Last Updated on January 7, 2012