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September 1, 2018 at 10:15 pm

Wealth & Poverty Field Trip | Alternative Economies in Appalachia, Sept. 8

Map for Alternative Economies in Appalachia Field Trip, showing stops in Chesterhill, Shawnee and Athens, Ohio

The Wealth & Poverty theme presents a field trip, “Alternative Economies in Appalachia,” on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spots are limited and first-come, first-served. To sign up, email: Dr. Smoki Musaraj ( or Dr. Rachel Terman (

2018 Fall Wealth and Poverty Field Trip: Alternative Economies in Appalachia

  • Leaders: Musaraj, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Terman, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Time: Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (estimate)
  • Meeting Place: GoBus stop outside the first floor entrance of Baker (arrive by 8:50 a.m.)
  • BYOL Bring Your Own Lunch: There also will be a cash only snack stand at the Chesterhill Produce Auction, but it has limited options (hot dogs, sausage, noodles).

As our society and economy change, communities are seeking alternative and sustainable economic strategies. The coal industry has been a distinctive feature of Central Appalachia since the late 1800s, but with the decline of coal across the region, other industries like tourism and agriculture offer possible paths forward for rural people and places. Students and faculty on this field trip will visit Shawnee, OH, in Perry County and Chesterhill, OH, in Morgan County in order to obtain firsthand exposure to three efforts aimed at sustainable development. This field trip is sponsored by the Ohio University Wealth and Poverty theme.


Shawnee, OH (Perry County): We will first stop at an intersection of the Buckeye Trail at Tecumseh Lake in Shawnee where a representative from the Buckeye Trail Association will tell us about the organization’s efforts to develop outdoor recreation and tourism in the area. Participants can choose to take a brief walk along the trail or enjoy the scenery at the Lake before stopping in town where we will learn about the Winding Road regional tourism initiative.

Chesterhill, OH (Morgan County): Next, we will stop at the Chesterhill Produce Auction for its Produce Auction and Livestock Auction. The CPA is a social enterprise launched and supported by Rural Action, a non-profit organization that promotes socially responsible economic development in the region of south-east Ohio. During our visit, participants will learn about Rural Action’s efforts to support the local food system. Participants can observe or take part in the action. There will be a produce auction at noon followed by a livestock auction.

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