This special online companion exhibit explores the Appalachian heritage of Beaver County, Pennsylvania. We consider Beaver County’s unique history, culture, and linguistic connections to Appalachia, including stereotypes and realities shaping how we think about class, race, and cultural identity within the greater Appalachian Region.
During the fall of 2022 we conducted a reader-response poll around this question on “Beaver County, Past, Present, Future,” a Facebook group dedicated to local history. Most people agreed that Beaver County was a part of Appalachia–at least in some way. Here are some of the responses:
These responses have been edited for clarity and to fit this publication.