Over the last 30  years we have published  over 150  books by local authors. This grouping of books  consists of books for children, poetry, genealogy, historical, fiction and non-fiction. The list continues to grow.  To check out our publishing policies,  click on  "Publishing" listed under the heading of  Storytelling above.


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"Planting seeds of heritage through the arts," CSA's mission, becomes quite clear through the public art that has been created by co-founder, Doreyl Ammons Cain and supported by the CSA Board of Directors. Currently, there are five  public art creations and more are planned. Also up and running is a  Appalachian Mural Trail for WNC.   For more information about uncoming dedications of community murals,  Click Here.

To learn more, click on the Historic Public Art heading at the top of the page.

Appalachian Folktales with Spontaneous Art—WNC and UPSTATE SC



Produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, the oral history podcast "Stories of Mountain Folk" is a professional program featuring storytelling and interviews from Caucasian, African-American, and Cherokee people living in Western North Carolina.  The podcast is now hosted by Amy Ammons Garza's new website:


New! CSA Videos  on YouTube

A501(c)(3) nonprofit art & heritage organization

As storytellers and educators, Amy and Doreyl now have a book  that provides the full performance the sisters have  shared with their audiences over the last 30 years.  Check it out! The book would be perfect for teachers, youth, and homeschoolers!!

Click on Amy's name:

Amy Ammons Garza


To access our most current 

Newsletter, click on this  link:

Mtn Folk News 2-2021.pdf

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia is a group of dedicated Western North Carolina individuals who are holding local memory in place by saving the stories, by sharing through art and the spoken word, by validating the local human community —sustaining our sense of place.

Keeping Appalachian Heritage Alive!

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc.