Harlan County has struggled with the loss of coal related jobs for the last fifty years. The first portion of this paper is an asset map of Harlan which features a brief look at the history of the county, its population, the Capitol of the region and a look at an emerging art scene that is growing out of the decline of coal jobs. The second portion of this paper is a look at how the documentary film, Learning to MAKE/DO in the Mountains, came to be. It looks at the entire process from the pre-production to post-production and the future of the film. This project looks at how other places around the country and world have dealt with the decline of a major revenue source and how, or if, they have been able to reinvent themselves.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2015


William Hatcher

Department/Professional Affiliation

Government and Economics

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Government and Economics

Department Name when Degree Awarded