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Hillbilly Stereotypes in Material Objects

Exploring Appalachian Stereotypes Using the Artifact Teaching Collection


This virtual exhibit is based on work by Student Curatorial Associate Brittney Westbrook.  Westbrook selected the artifacts, compiled the information, and photographed the objects. In 2013 Student Curatorial Associate Travis Rigg edited and produced this virtual exhibit. Revisions were made in 2015 Student Curatorial Associate Kathryn Dunn and 2020 by supervising curator Christopher Miller.

LJAC Virtual Exhibits & Artifact Collections

The Appalachian Artifacts Teaching Collection is held by the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College. For additional information or to access the collection contact Curator Christopher Miller.  Explore more of our virtual exhibits and collections using the links below.

The Hillbilly Stereotype in Material Culture

One aspect of Appalachian Studies is exploration of the Appalachian stereotype.  Most of the published research has focused on such stereotypes in movies, literature, and cartoons.  However, the stereotype also is found in "the material world."  Each of the artifacts in this exhibit leverages different aspects of the stereotype. 

Visual Artifact Index





All artifact images Copyright Berea College 2013.