While West Virginia is publishing a brand new encyclopedia, the effort is being expanded to all of Appalachia. The project has gotten a boost from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with East Tennessee State University being awarded $138,000 to complete the six year project

The 2000 page encyclopedia will cover all thirteen states.

Jean Haskell is the project director. She says there is no single, comprehensive reference work about Appalachia. The publish date is 2003 and will include 34 sections, with much being devoted to music.

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