“I know people not from here probably don’t understand our feeling for these hills. Our love for land not spectacular. Our mountains are not like Western ones, those jagged awesome ones, your eyes always pulled to their tops. But that is the difference, I decided. In the West, the mountains are mostly horizon. We live in our mountains. It’s not just the tops, but the sides that hold us.”
A Letter From The Book Store
Every town needs a bookstore, but every bookstore has to have a community. I am, and will always be, deeply grateful for the community we have that has made running this bookstore possible. Part of that community includes the valuable partnerships we have with various organizations, institutions, and other businesses. Without these partnerships, our community--and this store--would not be as economically or culturally vital. These organizations, now more than ever, need our support. If these programs, author visits, classes, etc., matter to you, speak up. Show up. Donate. Volunteer your time. Use your voice.
With deep appreciation and gratitude,
Show up for Shepherdstown | Let your voice be heard
Dear Shepherdstown Community,
We are reaching out to you with a heartfelt plea and a call to action. The Center for Appalachian Studies at Shepherd University, a vital and cherished part of our community, is facing the threat of closure due to budget constraints and shifting priorities. We firmly believe that this center is a treasure, not only for the university but for our entire region. Its loss would be an irreplaceable blow to our community, culture, and heritage.
The Center for Appalachian Studies has been a beacon of knowledge, preservation, and celebration of the rich and diverse Appalachian culture that we hold dear. It has been a hub for research, education, and community engagement, fostering a deep appreciation for the traditions, history, and stories of our beloved region.
We, the residents of Shepherdstown and the surrounding communities, must take a stand to save this center. Our heritage, the very essence of what makes our region unique, is at stake. This is not just a Shepherd University issue; it is a matter that affects every individual who values the Appalachian way of life and the preservation of our cultural legacy.
We urge you to join us in writing to the Shepherd University Board of Governors and expressing your unwavering support for the Center for Appalachian Studies. Let them know that this center is an integral part of our community and must be preserved for future generations. Share your personal stories, your passion for our culture, and the importance of this institution to you.
Here are some key points to include in your letter:
1. Express your deep connection to the Appalachian culture and the significance of the Center for Appalachian Studies in preserving and celebrating it.
2. Highlight the positive impact the center has had on education, research, and community outreach.
3. Emphasize the unique role of the center in Shepherdstown’s identity and its contribution to the university’s reputation.
4. Call for alternative solutions to budget constraints that do not involve closing the center.
5. Request that the Shepherd University Board of Governors engage in a dialogue with the community to find a collaborative solution.
We are in this together, and your voice matters. Let us unite as a community to save the Center for Appalachian Studies at Shepherd University. The time to act is now. Write your letters, make your voices heard, and stand with us in preserving our heritage.
Thank you for your support and commitment to this vital cause.
Four Seasons Books
The West Virginia State Board of Governors oversees the state’s public higher education institutions. To contact the West Virginia State Board of Governors, you can use the following contact information:
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-2101
Fax: (304) 558-5719
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