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Welsh-Appalachia Connection on Display in Morgantown

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, There’s a strong historical connection between Appalachia and Wales.

Many of our ancestors migrated from Wales to Appalachia, both regions once heavily depended on the coal industry and both have a strong mountain culture -- a culture that includes music, art and storytelling.

This month at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, you can see an expansive art exhibit dedicated to the Welsh-Appalachian connection. Our folklife reporter, Caitlin Tan, has more.

Also on today’s show, a Memorial Day tradition in the community of Manila, West Virginia, stretches back 100 years. It’s called Decoration Day. Instead of just honoring military service men and women, the folks in Boone County honor all their ancestors.  Lora Owston reports.

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