Two years later, Eastern Kentucky and Western participants assess changes as they gather to reach across the political and cultural chasm.
The Greenfield Recorder
National and international media has begun recognizing the cultural bridge-building efforts of Western Massachusetts group.
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Intercultural connection project wins domestic peacemaking award from international organization.
Members of this grassroots cultural connection effort come together for its first anniversary as they wrestle with its impact bridging the political divide.
About 200 Leverett residents and others show up for debriefing of Kentucky trip in Leverett Elementary School.
After traveling to Kentucky, Leverett, Mass. delegation begins gets to know a very different community much closer to home.
Massachusetts, Kentucky groups see subtle changes after hours of discussions.
Massachusetts, Kentucky groups plan to continue working together.
Western Massachusetts and Eastern Kentucky residents approached their discussion from different perspectives.
Leverett, Mass., inspired by their Letcher County counterparts' sense of community, plan to open a pop-up pub for gathering.
Part of the cultural exchange between Kentucky and Massachusetts members of Hands Across the Hills involves singing shape-note hymns, which comes from Northern and Southern singing traditions.