Skip to main content

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia Collection

Identifier: MSS 17-07

Content Description

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA) was established in 1989 with the mission of “Planting the seeds of heritage through the arts.” CSA was cofounded by sisters Amy Ammons Garza and Doreyl Ammons Cain. Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1991, CSA accomplishes their mission through the painting of historical regional murals, publishing local writers, bestowing Appalachian Studies scholarships, encouraging the youth to learn and play mountain music, and by recording oral history and storytelling through the Stories of Mountain Folk radio show and podcast. They have also published over 125 books by regional authors. In 2013, CSA was awarded the Mountain Heritage Award.


  • 1970 - 2010


Conditions Governing Use

No publication fee is made for use of Western Carolina University Library special collections material in scholarly publications. The Library retains sole right to judge what constitutes a non-scholarly or commercial publication. Permission to publish commercially, in circumstances where the Library is qualified to grant it, requires proper authorization. Please contact Special Collections at for more information.


16 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Online Materials

The Stories of Mountain Folk project is available online at Hunter Library Digital Collections featuring both the original radio show and the later podcast.

Condition Description


Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States