Collection Number: 05606

Collection Title: Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014

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Size 2 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract The Eastern Kentucky Social Club, a heritage organization, was founded in 1969 by a small group of African Americans who had migrated from the Kentucky mountains to Cleveland, Ohio. By 2012 fifteen chapters in cities across the country had joined the founding Cleveland Chapter, and in 2014 the Club held its 45th annual reunion, bringing together African Americans with ties to the mid twentieth-century coal mining camps in Harlan County, Ky. The collection of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club was acquired as a part of the Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project (EKAAMP), a Southern Historical Collection archival collecting initiative in partnership with sociologist Karida Brown. The Club's records 1970 to 2014 document the national organization of African Americans, activities of its chapters, and the annual reunions held during the Labor Day weekend since 1970. Programs and planning documents for the annual reunions, national guidelines and membership lists, bylaws for the St. Louis, Mo., chapter, Club publications including Sojourner , newspaper clippings, and display panels with photographic collages show the efforts of the membership to "stay together" and to remember and celebrate a shared southern Appalachian heritage. The collection also contains candid photographs taken at reunions and planning meetings, certificates of recognition to Club members, T-shirts, key chains, and tote bags distributed at the reunions. Some materials including T-shirts and reunion programs pertain to alumni organizations for Lynch (Ky.) Colored School and East Benham (Ky.) High School and to the Rosenwald Harlanites, alumni from Rosenwald schools in Harlan County, Ky. Also included is an issue of a 1948 magazine published by U.S. Coal and Coke Company (a subsidiary of U.S. Steel) for its coal mining employees and communities.
Creator Eastern Kentucky Social Club
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection #5606, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Karida Brown in September 2014 (Acc. 102133).
Acquired for the Southern Historical Collection as a part of the Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project (EKAAMP) directed by Karida Brown.
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Eastern Kentucky Social Club

In 1969 a small group of African Americans living in Cleveland, Ohio who shared eastern Kentucky coal mining heritage established the Eastern Kentucky Social Club (EKSC). The primary mission of the Club was to "stay together." Membership and participation in this active social network nurture a collective identity and a community formed around remembrance of a time and place.

Cleveland was the site for the Club's first annual reunion in 1970, and by 2012 the founding chapter had been joined by 15 more chapters including ones in Lynch, Ky., Atlanta, Ga., Milwaukee, Wisc., New York, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. Chapters bid to host the annual Labor Day reunion. Attended by hundreds, the reunions include parties and other social activities, Christian worship services, featured guest speakers, and the Club's board meetings.

EKSC membership overlaps with membership in alumni associations associated with eastern Kentucky schools including Lynch Colored School, East Benham High School, and Rosenwald schools in Harlan County, Ky.

Chapters Founded

1969 Cleveland Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1970 Connecticut Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1970 Lynch Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1971 Chicago Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social and Civic Club
1971 Detroit Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1973 Dayton Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1973 New York Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1975 Louisville Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1980 Houston Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1984 Milwaukee Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1986 Washington, D.C. Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1989 Indianapolis Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
1990 Atlanta Chapter, Southeastern Kentucky Heritage Association
1990 California Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Civic Club
2003 Tennessee Chapter, Eastern Kentucky Social Club
2012 St. Louis Chapter, Southeastern Kentucky Heritage Association

Reunions Held

1970 1st annual reunion in Cleveland, Ohio
1971 2nd annual reunion in Detroit, Mich.
1972 3rd annual reunion in Chicago, Ill.
1973 4th annual reunion in New York, N.Y.
1974 5th annual reunion in Cleveland, Ohio
1975 6th annual reunion in Dayton, Ohio
1976 7th annual reunion in Louisville, Ky.
1977 8th annual reunion in Indianapolis, Ind.
1978 9th annual reunion in Detroit, Mich.
1979 10th annual reunion in Chicago, Ill.
1980 11th annual reunion in New York, N.Y.
1981 12th annual reunion in Cleveland, Ohio
1982 13th annual reunion in Lexington, Ky.
1983 14th annual reunion in Detroit, Mich.
1984 15th annual reunion in Hartford, Conn.
1985 16th annual reunion in Dayton, Ohio
1986 17th annual reunion in Chicago, Ill.
1987 18th annual reunion in Milwaukee, Wis.
1988 19th annual reunion in Houston, Tex.
1989 20th annual reunion in Indianapolis, Ind.
1990 21st annual reunion in Washington, D.C.
1991 22nd annual reunion in Atlanta, Ga.
1992 23rd annual reunion in Louisville, Ky.
1993 24th annual reunion in New York, N.Y.
1994 25th annual reunion in Cleveland, Ohio
1995 26th annual reunion in Long Beach, Calif.
1996 27th annual reunion in Atlanta, Ga.
1997 28th annual reunion in Lexington, Ky.
1998 29th annual reunion in Detroit, Mich.
1999 30th annual reunion in Chicago, Ill.
2000 31st annual reunion in Dayton, Ohio
2001 32nd annual reunion in Milwaukee, Wis.
2002 33rd annual reunion in Louisville, Ky.
2003 34th annual reunion in Atlanta, Ga.
2004 35th annual reunion in Las Vegas, Nev.
2005 36th annual reunion in Indianapolis, Ind.
2006 37th annual reunion in Nashville, Tenn.
2007 38th annual reunion in Columbus, Ohio
2008 39th annual reunion in Detroit, Mich.
2009 40th annual reunion in Chicago, Ill.
2010 41st annual reunion in Milwaukee, Wis.
2011 42nd annual reunion in Lexington, Ky.
2012 43rd annual reunion in Atlanta, Ga.
2013 44th annual reunion in Cleveland, Ohio
2014 45th annual reunion in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project

The Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project (EKAAMP) is a public humanities initiative directed by sociologist Karida Brown in partnership with the Southern Historical Collection (SHC). In 2013, the SHC joined Brown in her efforts to document a multi generational African American community with familial ties to coal mining towns in Harlan County, Ky. Brown has conducted oral history interviews with community members and helped the SHC collect manuscript materials from the community and its social organizations.

The community which Brown studies has its origins in the coalfields of the Appalachian South and specifically the surrounding area of Lynch, Ky. Appalachia was a not well known, destination for thousands of African Americans, who left the rural deep South in the early twentieth century during the Great Migration.

A company town, Lynch was established in 1917 by U.S. Coal and Coke Company, a subsidiary of U.S. Steel. The company supplied housing, health care, social services, commissary, churches, schools, and recreation for coal miners and their families. At its peak in the mid twentieth century Lynch's population reached 10,000 and included African Americans and whites with eastern European and British heritage. Although the mines were not strictly segregated, most areas of life, including schools, churches, commissary, and recreation, had separate facilities for blacks and whites until the mid 1960s.

U.S. Steel withdrew its operations in the mid 1960s, and the population of Lynch and the surrounding areas dwindled as families, who had spent only one or two generations in Appalachia, began to move across the country, settling in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, California, Missouri, and other states. Despite the long distances now separating this close knit community, individuals and families from the Harlan County coal towns Lynch, Benham, and Cumberland retained close ties with each other and nurtured what sociologist Karida Brown has called a "post-migration diasporic identity."

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The Eastern Kentucky Social Club, a heritage organization, was founded in 1969 by a small group of African Americans who had migrated from the Kentucky mountains to Cleveland, Ohio. By 2012 fifteen chapters in cities across the country had joined the founding Cleveland Chapter, and in 2014 the Club held its 45th annual reunion, bringing together African Americans with ties to the mid twentieth-century coal mining camps in Harlan County, Ky.

The collection of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club was acquired as a part of the Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project (EKAAMP), a Southern Historical Collection archival collecting initiative in partnership with sociologist Karida Brown.

The Club's records, 1970 to 2014, of the Club document the national organization of African Americans, activities of its chapters, and the annual reunions held during the Labor Day weekend since 1970. Programs and planning documents for the annual reunions, national guidelines and membership lists, bylaws for the St. Louis, Mo., chapter, Club publications including Sojourner, newspaper clippings, and display panels with photographic collages show the efforts of the membership to "stay together" and to remember and celebrate a shared southern Appalachian heritage.

The collection also contains candid photographs taken at reunions and planning meetings, certificates of recognition to Club members, T-shirts, key chains, and tote bags distributed at the reunions. Some materials including T-shirts and reunion programs pertain to alumni organizations for Lynch (Ky.) Colored School and East Benham (Ky.) High School and to the Rosenwald Harlanites, alumni from Rosenwald schools in Harlan County, Ky. Also included is an issue of a 1948 magazine published by U.S. Coal and Coke Company (subsidiary of U.S. Steel) for its coal mining employees and communities.

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Folder 1

Coal Mines Benham, volume 5, numbers 9 and 10, 1948 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 1

"Published monthly for all employees of the International Harvester Company's Coal Mines, of Benham, Ky.," the magazine includes brief news items and special interest stories about the company and its employees across the United States and in Canada. Other stories and photographs pertain to local interests. This issue contains a brief article on local Independence Day celebrations and longer articles on operations and miners in Benham's No. 2 mine and the new medical building. Other articles feature the white and colored baseball clubs in Benham, Ky., and photographs depict local children and adults, both white and African American.

Folder 2

Cleveland Chapter 1st annual reunion invitation (copy), April 1970 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 2

Folder 3

Chicago Chapter 10th annual reunion program, September 1979 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 3

Image Folder PF-05606/1

Candid, unlabeled pictures of African Americans at social gatherings, 1970s #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" PF-05606/1

Photographs

Folder 4

New York Chapter letter to membership, 6 May 1980 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 4

Oversize Paper OP-05606/1

Sojourner, Cumberland, Ky., volume 1, number 1. 1 August 1980 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/1

Articles included are: "The Black Man in the Coal Fields of Eastern Kentucky;" "Black Appalachia Seldom Remembered, Often misunderstood, They Live Invisibly in the Mountains;" and "Benham and Lynch: A Tale of Two Cities." Publication "is the cooperative work of members and friends of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club and staff of Appalachian Center of the University of Kentucky." The Kentucky Humanities Council provided grant support.

Folder 5

New York Chapter 11th annual reunion program, August 1980 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 5

Oversize Paper OP-05606/2

Sojourner, Cumberland, Ky., volume 1, number 2. Christmas 1980 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/2

Articles included are: "Dope and Alcohol in the Coal Camps 1910-1920;" "Black Poverty in Eastern Ky.;" and "Black Women in the Mines." Publication "is the cooperative work of members and friends of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club and staff of Appalachian Center of the University of Kentucky." The Kentucky Humanities Council provided grant support.

Oversize Paper OP-05606/3

Sojourner, Cumberland, Ky., volume 1, number 3. Memorial Day 1981 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/3

Articles included are: "'Them Mean Ole Welfare Blues'" and "Are You a Young Black Person Living in the Mountains of Eastern Ky.?" Publication "is the cooperative work of members and friends of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club and staff of Appalachian Center of the University of Kentucky." The Kentucky Humanities Council provided grant support.

Folder 6

Sojourner, fundraiser solicitation, 1981 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 6

Folder 7

Cleveland Chapter 12th annual reunion program, September 1981 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 7

Theme: "Eastern Kentuckians United with Love."

Image Folder PF-05606/2

Pictures of speakers and panels at the Cleveland Chapter 12th annual reunion, September 1981 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" PF-05606/2

Photographs

Oversize Paper OP-05606/4

Sojourner, Cumberland, Ky., volume 2, number 1. Labor Day, 1982 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/4

Articles included are: "Stereotypes" and "Some of What You Always Wanted to Know...About the History, Culture, and Present Status of Blacks in Eastern Kentucky." Publication "is the cooperative work of members and friends of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club and staff of Appalachian Center of the University of Kentucky." The Kentucky Humanities Council provided grant support.

Folder 8

Lynch Chapter 13th annual reunion program, 1982 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 8

Theme: "Kentucky Brings Its Finest Back Home."

Folder 9

Clipping, Sunday Herald-Leader, Lexington, Ky., 5 September 1982 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 9

"Hearts Still in the Hollows for Appalachian Blacks."

Folder 10

Sojourner Memorial Calendar, 1983 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 10

Oversize Paper OP-05606/5

Sojourner, Cumberland, Ky., volume 3, number 1. September 1983 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/5

Articles included are: "Images of Education and Sports Back in the East Kentucky Hills" and "Don't Get the Idea that Black Mountain Folk Have Lain Down and Given Up." Publication "is the cooperative work of members and friends of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club and staff of Appalachian Center of the University of Kentucky." The Kentucky Humanities Council provided grant support.

Folder 11

Detroit Chapter 14th annual reunion program, September 1983 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 11

Theme: "Built on Friendship, Held Together with Love."

Folder 12

Certificate for the Spirit of Detroit Award, 3 September 1983 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 12

Awarded to Willie Watts, Cleveland Chapter.

Folder 13

Cleveland Chapter newsletter, volume 1, issue 1, January 1984 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 13

Folder 14

Sojourner Memorial Calendar, 1984 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 14

Folder 15

Connecticut Chapter memorandum to Cleveland Chapter, 5 July 1984 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 15

Folder 16

Connecticut Chapter 15th annual reunion program, August 1984 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 16

Theme: "Coming Together Is a Beginning. Working Together Is Progress. Staying Together Is Success."

Oversize Paper OP-05606/6

Sojourner, Lynch, Ky., volume 4, number 1. August 1985 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/6

Articles included are: "Benham Boy Bernard Bickerstaff Becomes Bigtime Basketball Boss" and "What Detroit Says About Their Roots in E. Kentucky." Publication is the "voice of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club."

Folder 17

Dayton Chapter 16th annual reunion program, August 1985 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 17

Theme: "Reunited Once Again with Love and Strength that Never Ends."

Folder 18

Membership mailing list, April 1986 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 18

Folder 19

Chicago Chapter 17th annual reunion program, September 1986 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 19

Theme: "You are Precious Friends More Valuable than Silver or Gold."

Folder 20

Guidelines for Hosting an EKSC Reunion, 1986 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 20

Folder 21

Approved and Accepted Guidelines for Eastern Kentucky Social Clubs, 1986 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 21

Folder 22

Rosenwald Harlanites, Inc., reunion program, July 1986 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 22

Theme: "Our Children's Tomorrow."

Oversize Paper OP-05606/7

Clipping, The Courier-Journal Magazine, Louisville, Ky., 28 June 1987 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/7

"Black Home in Appalachia: A Return to Roots Deep in Eastern Kentucky."

Oversize Paper OP-05606/8

Sojourner, Lynch, Ky., 1987 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/8

Articles included are: "Some Facts about Your 'Ole Home" and "Tracing Family Roots." Publication of Black Mountain Enterprises, Inc., is the "voice of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club."

Folder 23

Milwaukee Chapter 18th annual reunion program, September 1987 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 23

Theme: "Preserving the Heritage and the Family Unit."

Oversize Paper OP-05606/9

Sojourner Memorial Calendar, 1988. #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/9

African-American Women in Appalachia.

Folder 24

Houston Chapter 19th annual reunion program, September 1988 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 24

Theme: "Far Away but Not Far Apart, Coming Together to Remember the Past."

Folder 25

Indianapolis Chapter 20th annual reunion program, September 1989 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 25

Theme: "Unity Is Our Goal."

Image Folder PF-05606/3

Picture showing members of the Cleveland Chapter, 1989 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" PF-05606/3

Photograph

Folder 26

East Benham High School 1st reunion program and alumni directory, 1989 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 26

Folder 27

Planning meeting packet, 1990 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 27

Includes agenda, guidelines on sponsorships, sign-in sheets, and minutes from 1989 workshop in Indianapolis.

Folder 28

Washington, D.C., Chapter 21st annual reunion program, September 1990 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 28

Theme: "Home."

Box 5

Washington, D.C., Chapter 21st annual reunion tote bag, 1990 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 5

Folder 29

Lynch Chapter 22nd annual reunion program, 1991 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 29

Theme: "Best of Kentucky Comes Home."

Folder 30

Louisville Chapter 23rd annual reunion program, 1992 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 30

Theme: "Back Home to Kentucky."

Folder 31

Conference report of the Appalachian Regional Commission, 1992 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 31

"Alex Haley at Home in the Hills of East Tennessee."

Folder 32

New York Chapter 24th annual reunion program, September 1993 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 32

Theme: "Family Unit"

Folder 33

New York Chapter executive board meeting agenda, September 1993 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 33

Image Folder PF-05606/4

Picture of attendees of the Cleveland Chapter workshop, April 1994 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" PF-05606/4

Photograph

Folder 34

Funeral program, Earline Trimble, 16 August 1994 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 34

Folder 35

Cleveland Chapter 25th annual reunion program , September 1994 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 35

Theme: "Let's Stay Together."

Folder 36

Proclamations from Ohio governor and mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, designating Easter Kentucky Social Club days, 1994 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 36

Folder 37

Cleveland Chapter 25th annual reunion remarks by Della Watts, 1994 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 37

Box 5

Cleveland Chapter 25th annual reunion packet folder, 1994 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 5

Folder 38

Letter from Suzette Cosby, Louisville Chapter to Della Watts, Cleveland Chapter, 15 December 1994 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 38

Folder 39

"Black Mountain Grandmothers 1995-1996 Keepsake Calendar", 1995 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 39

Folder 40

California Chapter 26th annual reunion program, September 1995 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 40

Folder 41

Atlanta Chapter 27th annual reunion program, September 1996 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 41

Theme: "Tomorrow Belongs to Those Who Prepare for It Today."

Box 5

California Chapter 26th annual reunion packet folder, 1995 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 5

Folder 42

Connecticut Chapter workshop minutes, May 1997 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 42

Folder 43

Connecticut Chapter 28th annual reunion program, August 1997 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 43

Theme: "Coming Together Is a Beginning. Working Together Is Progress. Staying Together Is Success."

Folder 44

Images (copies on paper) of Harlan County, Ky., made for 28th annual reunion, 1997 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 44

Distributed by Sojourner.

Folder 45

"Eastern Kentucky Social Clubs Biography," 1997 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 45

Folder 46

Milwaukee Chapter membership mailing list, 1997 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 46

Folder 47

Sojourner Keepsake Calendar, 1998 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 47

Folder 48

East Benham High School, "What Ya Doin' Now," 24 May 1997 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 48

Folder 49

Membership mailing list, April 1998 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 49

Folder 50

Detroit Chapter 29th annual reunion program, September 1998 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 50

Theme: "Built on Friendship, Held Together with Love."

Box 6

Detroit Chapter 29th annual reunion T-shirt, 1998 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 6

Folder 51

Chicago Chapter 30th annual reunion program, September 1999 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 51

Theme: "Passing the Coal. Are You Holding On?"

Folder 52

Dayton Chapter workshop sign-in sheet, 2000 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 52

Folder 53

Dayton Chapter 31st annual reunion program, September 2000 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 53

Theme: "Enjoy Life Today, Yesterday Is Gone, Tomorrow May Never Come."

Folder 54

Clipping, Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 54

"Coal Camps Full of Memories."

Folder 55

Milwaukee Chapter 32nd annual reunion program, September 2001 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 55

Theme: "Preserving Our Coal Mining Heritage, Reuniting in Peace and Harmony."

Folder 56

East Benham High School 5th reunion program and alumni directory, 2001 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 56

Theme: "From These Roots."

Folder 57

Lynch Chapter 33rd annual reunion program, August 2002 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 57

Theme: "Bringing the Stars from the Mountain Together."

Folder 58

Clippings, 1983 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 58

"Evarts High Teacher Is Fired Over E-mail with Racial Content"in The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky. and "1960, 43 Years Ago" in Tri-City News, Cumberland, Benham, and Lynch, Ky.

Folder 59

Atlanta Chapter 34th annual reunion program, August 2003 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 59

Theme: "Reflecting Back and Connecting with the Future in Love, Peace, and Harmony."

Folder 60

East Benham High School 6th reunion program and alumni directory, 2003 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 60

Theme: "Reflections: The EBHS Impact on Our Past 40 Years!"

Folder 61

Las Vegas Chapter 35th annual reunion program, August 2004 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 61

Theme: "That Was Then. This Is Now, Celebrating the ESKC Legacy."

Folder 62

Las Vegas Chapter 35th annual reunion magnets with image of coal tipple, 2004 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 62

Folder 63

Indianapolis Chapter 36th annual reunion program, September 2005 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 63

Theme: "Looking Toward the Future, Building on Our Past."

Box 7

Indianapolis Chapter 36th annual reunion tote bag, 2005 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 7

Folder 64

East Benham High School 7th reunion program and alumni directory, 2005 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 64

Theme: "Remember When."

Folder 65

Tennessee Chapter 37th annual reunion program, September 2006 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 65

Theme: "New Birth, Celebrating an Old Tradition with a New Addition."

Folder 66

Tennessee Chapter executive board meeting minutes, September 2006 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 66

Box 7

Tennessee Chapter 37th annual reunion T-shirt, 2006 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 7

Folder 67

Sojourner Memorial and Keepsake Calendar, 2007 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 67

Folder 68

Dayton Chapter workshop agenda, April 2007 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 68

Folder 69

Dayton Chapter 38th annual reunion program, August 2007 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 69

Theme: "Proud to Be a Kentuckian."

Oversize Paper OP-05606/10

Sojourner, Berea, Ky., Labor Day, 2007 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" OP-05606/10

Articles included are: "Black History and Culture in Eastern Kentucky Coaltowns Focus of New Book" and "Beyond Coal-related Jobs in the Future of the Mountains." Publication of the Appalachian Center at Berea College is the "voice of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club."

Folder 70

Dayton Chapter executive board meeting sign-in sheet, September 2007 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 70

Folder 71

Memorandum from Andrea Massey to membership, 1 September 2007 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 71

Report on the finances of the organization's website.

Folder 72

East Benham High School 8th reunion program and alumni directory, 2007 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 72

Theme: "Passing the Torch."

Folder 73

Detroit Chapter 39th annual reunion program, August 2008 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 73

Theme: "Our Legacy Lives On."

Folder 74

Lynch Chapter Memorial Day weekend schedule, 2009 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 74

Folder 75

Chicago Chapter workshop agenda, April 2009 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 75

Folder 76

Chicago Chapter workshop minutes, 2009 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 76

Folder 77

Chicago Chapter 40th annual reunion program, August 2009 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 77

Theme: "From the Coal Mines of Kentucky Came its Diamonds."

Folder 78

Executive board meeting minutes, September 2009 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 78

Folder 79

East Benham High School 9th reunion program and alumni directory, 2009 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 79

Theme: "Reflections on Yesterday with Hope for Tomorrow."

Folder 80

History of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club, 2010 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 80

Folder 81

Milwaukee Chapter 41st annual reunion program, September 2010 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 81

Theme: "Preserving Our Coal Mining Heritage in the Twenty-First Century."

Folder 82

Certificates of recognition for attendance at 41 annual reunions, 2010 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 82

Awarded to Della Watts and Willie Watts, Cleveland Chapter.

Folder 83

Cleveland Chapter, list of officers, 2010 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 83

Folder 84

Tennessee Chapter newsletter, volume 1, issue 1, 3 September 2010 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 84

Folder 85

Rosenwald Harlanites, Inc., 20th biennial reunion program, July 2010 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 85

Theme: "The Future Is Ours for the Taking."

Box 8

Rosenwald Harlanites, Inc., 20th biennial reunion T-shirt, 2010 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 8

Folder 86

Tennessee Chapter newsletter, volume 2, issue 1, 2011 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 86

Digital Folder DF-05606/1

"The Lynch Chapter of the Southeastern Kentucky Social Club" Forty-second Annual Reunion in Lexington, Ky., September 2011 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" DF-05606/1

Video

Host: Carolyn Sunday; President: Bennie Massey; Invocation by: Rev. Ronnie Hampton; and Guest Speaker: Porter People of the National Urban League.

Migrated from DVD-05606/1.

Folder 87

Lynch Chapter workshop name tags, 2011 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 87

Folder 88

Lynch Chapter 42nd annual reunion ephemera, 2011 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 88

Folder 89

Lynch Chapter 42nd annual reunion report, 2011 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 89

"Connecting Our Rich Legacy, Bridging the Gaps."

Folder 90

Certificate in appreciation of commitment and dedication, September 2011 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 90

Awarded to Willie Watts, Cleveland Chapter.

Folder 91

Atlanta Chapter executive board meeting agenda, April 2012 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 91

Folder 92

Tennessee Chapter newsletter, volume 3, issue 1, April 2012 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 92

Folder 93

Atlanta Chapter 43rd annual reunion invitation, 2012 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 93

Folder 94

Atlanta Chapter 43rd annual reunion program, August 2012 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 94

Theme: "Bringing Families Together and Keeping Our Coal Miner Heritage Alive."

Folder 95

Atlanta Chapter executive board meeting minutes, September 2012 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 95

Folder 96

St. Louis Chapter, Bylaws, 10 November 2012 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 96

Folder 97

Cleveland Chapter executive board meeting minutes, April 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 97

Folder 98

Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion program, August 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 98

Theme: "The Ties that Bind Coal Miners' Children Together: Culture, Faith and Everlasting Love."

Folder 99

"Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane" nickname contest, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 99

Folder 100

Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion ephemera, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 100

Contains a fan, bookmark, name tags, and save the date flier.

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-5606/1

Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion display panels, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" XOPF-5606/1

Large display poster panels with a collage of photographs and clippings titled "The Seven Founders."

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-5606/2

Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion display panels, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" XOPF-5606/2

Large display poster panels with a photographic collage and time line of reunions titled"Throughout the Years."

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-5606/3

Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion display panels, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" XOPF-5606/3

Large display poster panels with a collage of photographs and clippings titled "Founded in 1967."

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-5606/4

Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion display panels, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" XOPF-5606/4

Large display poster panels with a collage of photographs and clippings titled "44 Years, Imagine It, Dream It, Believe It."

Box 9

Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion T-shirt, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 9

Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion tote bag, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 9

Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion key chain, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 9

Image Folder PF-05606/5

Pictures of speakers, panels, and other events at the Cleveland Chapter 44th annual reunion, 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" PF-05606/5

Photographs

Folder 101

"Eastern Kentucky Social Clubs Biography," 2013 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 101

Folder 102

California Chapter 45th annual reunion Sunday service program, 2014 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 102

Folder 103

California Chapter 45th annual reunion ephemera, 2014 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 103

Includes tickets to karaoke and dance events.

Box 10

California Chapter 45th annual reunion T-shirt, 2014 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 10

Box 10

California Chapter 45th annual reunion tote bag, 2014 #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Box 10

Folder 104

Eastern Kentucky Social Club national guidelines, undated #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 104

Folder 105

"Book of Lynch," undated #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" Folder 105

Image Folder PF-05606/6

Candid pictures of Annie Belk Walter, Della Watts, and Willie Watts, undated #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" PF-05606/6

Photographs

Image Folder PF-05606/7

Candid pictures of Club members, undated #05606, Series: "Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection, 1948-2014" PF-05606/7

Photographs

Images are from circa 1990s and early 2000s.

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Processed by: Laura Hart, April 2015

Encoded by: Laura Hart, April 2015

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