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YHC Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement to Host Lecture

Friday, November 1, 2013

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5237,

Young Harris College Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement to Host Lecture

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement will host a special lecture featuring Chair of the Department of Biology and Professor of Biology Paul Arnold, Ph.D., on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Arnold’s lecture, titled “Beekeeping in Appalachia: Keeping the Craft Alive,” will highlight the regained popularity of the beekeeping tradition in the region and amongst the scientific and greater beekeeping communities.
The number of bee colonies in the United States has declined from six million to just over two million since the 1940s. Much of the decline of beekeeping as an art and practice is attributed to the urbanization of rural environments and the introduction of harmful disease. 
“Many Appalachian communities kept the generational tradition alive through this decline with older beekeeping methods such as bee gum hives,” explained Dr. Arnold. “The introduction of exotic diseases in the 1980s caused traditional beekeeping to go into desperate decline, and many bee colony preservation methods no longer worked. This is why traditional beekeepers have worked to keep the craft alive and even regain popularity.” 
Dr. Arnold recently presented this lecture at the 2013 Carpathians/Appalachians International Conference in Ivano- Frankivsk, Ukraine. He is the co-founder of YHC’s Beekeeping Institute, the single most comprehensive opportunity in the Southeast for concentrated training in all aspects of practical beekeeping. 
For more information about the event, call (706) 379-5139.

About the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement
The Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement is committed to the celebration of Appalachian heritage and culture, to scholarship that helps Young Harris College students understand the place and its peoples, and to service that engages students with communities in the region. Founded in 2010, the Center is housed in the historic Stephens house on U.S. Highway 76 in the heart of Young Harris, Ga. 
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

Dr. Paul Arnold