Melungeon Heritage Association
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20th Union Schedule

Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Vardy, Tennessee Thursday, June 23Pre-conference Genealogy Workshop-Mountain Empire Community College. The following speakers have been contracted to do a genealogy…Continue

Started Apr 27

Melungeons explore mysterious mixed-race origins-- Asheville Citizen-Times

This feature story from the Asheville newspaper, featuring interviews with DruAnna Williams Overbay and Dr. Kathy Lyday was picked up nationally by USA Today the weekend of 19th Union:…Continue

Started Sep 11, 2015

Melungeon Heritage Association plans gathering in North Carolina-- Johnson City Press

From Dylan Chesser in the Johnson City Press, a…Continue

Started May 26, 2015

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About MHA


About the Melungeon Heritage Association

The Melungeon Heritage Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Melungeon history and heritage.  MHA does not endorse any particular theory of origin or the work of any individual researcher.

MHA sponsors annual gatherings for the presentation of information about our people.  These gatherings are only part of the work of MHA.  This organization is also dedicated to several other areas. Our primary area of concern is telling the story of the Melungeon people and continuting to put together the mosaic of our past that has been hidden for so long.  Our mission is to document and preserve the heritage and cultural legacy of mixed - ancestry peoples in or associated with the southern Appalachians.  While our focus will be on those Melungeon heritage, we do not restrict ourselves to honoring only this group. We firmly believe in the dignity of all mixed ancestry groups and commit to preserving this heritage of ethnic harmony and diversity.

All who support the work of MHA, whether identifying as mixed ancestry or not, are invited to participate in the work and goals of MHA as well as the gatherings and events.  As we celebrate our past, we also seek to understand its impact on our lives today and help others to do the same.

A membership form is downloadable below.  If you do not have Adobe Reader (free on the Internet), you may contact us for an email or regular mail form to be sent to you.



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New book from Lisa Alther; new screen adaptation from Adriana Trigiani

Publication date for a new book of transcribed conversations between Lisa Alther and French painter Francoise Gilot was last week. The book was edited by Nan Talese and published in New York by Doubleday. The conversations recorded in About Women included the years when Alther was writing a non-fiction account of her Melungeon ancestors, published…


Posted on November 27, 2015 at 1:00pm

19th Union photos shared by Julie Williams Dixon

This gallery includes longtime MHA members and newcomers who shared family memories and photos at 19th Union. In addition to being an accomplished filmmaker, Julie is a photographer and her participation in 19th Union at Warren Wilson College was twofold.  She presented the keynote address on Friday evening but also invited people to bring family pics on Saturday, to be photographed with…


Posted on September 11, 2015 at 4:30pm

Earl L. Ijames and Wayne Winkler, 19th Union Presenters

Earl L. Ijames is currently the Curator at the North Carolina Museum of History and been both a reference and photograph archivist at the North Carolina Office of Archives and history. Earl is also a farmer, heavily involved in many aspects of his community, and currently lives in Wendell, NC.  A 1991 graduate of North Carolina State University, Earl has a degree in History with minors in Economics, English and…


Posted on June 18, 2015 at 12:34pm

Dr. Kathy Lyday, 19th Union Presenter

Dr. Kathy J. Lyday teaches first-year writing, linguistics, grammar, history of the English language, American literature, literature of the Holocaust, and Appalachian literature on a regular basis at Elon University in Elon, NC, where she has taught for 33 years.  She also taught an interdisciplinary seminar on the Melungeons for two years.  After finishing her…


Posted on June 11, 2015 at 2:56pm

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At 1:28pm on June 13, 2012, Lynda Logan said…

Where is everyone planning on staying - would like to be where the action is!!!!!


Lynda Logan

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