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

Mentor Department Affiliation

Government and Economics

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level




Department Name when Degree Awarded

Government and Economics