Appalachian Center Gallery

The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center presents an ongoing program of educational exhibits in our Center and around campus. Our LJAC Gallery includes exhibits that introduce visitor and students to Appalachia and present special topics and interesting stories.

Location: The LJAC Gallery is on the Berea College Campus in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. This is located on the first floor of Stephenson Hall, 205 N. Main St., Berea, Kentucky. Public parking is available at the nearby College Square, near the Boone Tavern Hotel.

Hours: The LJAC Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public 9:00am-5:00pm weekdays. The exception to these hours are during Berea College holidays and when the Gallery is in use as a classroom. Other times my be possible by special arrangement.

Now Showing in the Center:

Safety Sticker from the Mine Safety and Health Administration

Making Ideas Stick: The Mullins Family Coal Mining Sticker Collection.

In underground coal mines stickers on helmets, lunch pails, and equipment deliver messages, allow miners to personalize their environment, and increase safety.  This exhibit displays nearly 100 stickers collected between 1970 and 2010 by the Mullins family, who for five generations worked in the mines of southwestern Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

Carrr Country Music

East Tennessee Showcase Posters

Four current Berea students created posters on their piece of East Tennessee for the East Tennessee Showcase event in the Center.  The Posters remain on display in the Gallery.

Sarah’s Appalachia: Sevier County, Tennessee

Student Sarah Carr tells a photo story using five of her images from life in and around her hometown of Sevier County, Tennessee.

View a PDF of Sarah’s exhibit

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Made in Appalachia: Exploring Appalachian Material Culture beyond Cabins, Crafts, and Coal

This exhibition is part of a larger multi-year project expanding and diversifying our ideas about Appalachian material culture and diversifying our Appalachian Studies Teaching Collection of Artifacts.  This exhibit uses products of the region as an entrée to expanded ideas about the region and its people.

Visit the online version of the exhibit

Dolly in Gallery

The Dolly Parton Pinball Machine, More Than Just A Game

Built around a working 1979 Dolly Parton pinball machine, this exhibition explores Appalachian identity and representation. In 1978 Bally Co. approached Dolly Parton to license her persona for a pinball machine.  This began an interesting journey determining how Parton would be portrayed on the machine. The machine is available for free play during gallery hours, limit two games per patron per day.  Since 2013 over 4,000 games have been played.  The current high score is over 15,000,000

Visit the online version of the exhibit

Now Showing in Other Locations:

Tea Sugar Girl

Berea Made, Berea Served: Glimpses of Past Student Labor

Showing the Frost Building Lobby

All students at Berea College have worked in the Student Labor Program since its official beginning in 1906. Many things about the program have changed. Some student positions no longer exist and others have evolved considerably. There also used to be a Labor Day Parade and contests for certain kinds of work. This exhibit explores a few labor positions, kinds of work, and Labor Day activities that no longer exist. It uses artifacts from the Berea College history collection and images from the College archives.