The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book

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The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book

Faith, Family, and the Land

By Angie Cheek (Editor); Lacy Hunter Nix (Editor); Foxfire Students (Editor)

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307275516, 512pp.

Publication Date: September 12, 2006

In 1966, an English teacher and students in Northeast Georgia founded a quarterly magazine, not only as a vehicle to learn the required English curriculum, but also to teach others about the customs, crafts, traditions, and lifestyle of their Appalachian culture. Named "Foxfire" after a local phosphorescent lichen, the magazine became one of the most beloved publications in American culture.
For four decades, "Foxfire" has brought the philosophy of simple living to readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency, home crafts, and the art of natural remedies, and preserving the stories of Appalachia. This anniversary edition brings us generations of voices and lessons about the three essential Appalachian values of faith, family, and the land. We listen to elders share their own memories of how things used to be, and to the new generations eager to preserve traditional values in a more complicated world. There are descriptions of old church services, of popular Appalachian games and pastimes, and of family recipes. Rich with memories and useful lessons, this is a fitting tribute to this inspiring and practical publication that has become a classic American institution.

About the Author
The Foxfire Center brings together students and teachers to preserve the folk wisdom and values of simple living that reach back across centuries of life in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Georgia. The students and teachers publish a quarterly magazine and have written twelve books over the years.