August 9: Stereotypes of Mountaineers and Frontiersmen: Pre-Performance Remarks

“Stereotypes of Mountaineers and Frontiersmen: Pre-Performance Remarks”
Friday, August 9, 2024, from 7-7:45 p.m.

Daniel Boone Amphitheatre (591 Horn in the West Drive, Boone, NC 28607)
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BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University's High Country Humanities—with support from North Carolina Humanities—is pleased to present “Stereotypes of Mountaineers and Frontiersmen: Pre-Performance Remarks” on Friday, August 9, 2024, from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Daniel Boone Amphitheatre at 591 Horn in the West Drive in Boone.

Dr. Katherine Ledford, professor of Appalachian Studies, will share her expertise prior to a performance of Horn in the West. The pre-performance talk from 7:00-7:45 p.m. is free and open to the public. Attendees who wish to remain for the performance of Horn in the West will need to purchase tickets for the show at


About Dr. Katherine Ledford

As a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dr. Ledford teaches courses in Appalachian literature, mountain literature, comparative mountain studies and higher education pedagogy. She joined App State in 2008 as a lecturer and the coordinator of the Appalachian Studies program and served as director of the program from 2009 to 2016.

Ledford is passionate about establishing relationships between international mountain studies scholars. A past president of the Appalachian Studies Association (2011–2012), she is founding chair of the association’s International Connections Committee, which fosters communication between Appalachian Studies scholars and mountain studies scholars around the world.

In 2019, Ledford coordinated the inaugural International Mountain Studies Symposium at App State, which brought international scholars and artists to Boone to engage with students, faculty and the community. Ledford is planning a second symposium, to be held later this year.

Ledford co-edited “Writing Appalachia,” a comprehensive anthology of Appalachian literature published by The University Press of Kentucky in March 2020. The work received the 2020 Thomas D. Clark Foundation Medallion for its high standards of research and writing that highlight the history and culture of Kentucky.

Ledford received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her Master of Arts degree in American literature from the University of Alabama and her doctoral degree in early American literature from the University of Kentucky.


This program is the sixth one in High Country Humanities' ongoing series “Connecting Local and Global Rural Cultures.” This series of talks, workshops, demonstrations and film screenings is supported by a grant from North Carolina Humanities. Each event is designed for general audiences and will help the campus and broader public learn about the stories, histories and traditions of rural communities from our state and around the world.

For more information, contact Dr. Darci Gardner, director of High Country Humanities, via email at or by phone at (828) 262-2928.


About High Country Humanities
High Country Humanities at Appalachian State University aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the humanities across the High Country region of North Carolina. The program supports faculty in their scholarly activities, promotes their collaborations with community partners and organizes events that help their expertise reach the wider public. High Country Humanities is an initiative of App State’s College of Arts and Sciences, with support from the Division of Academic Affairs. Learn more at

About the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in four program areas: Appalachian studies; gender, women’s and sexuality studies; global studies; and interdisciplinary studies. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative and imaginative engagement through a cross-disciplinary investigation of complex systems and problems. Learn more at

By Lauren Gibbs
May 6, 2024

Dr. Katherine Ledford, professor of Appalachian Studies
Published: May 6, 2024 9:20am