Peggy Calestro

Peggy Calestro

Peggy Calestro and Julie Calestro-McDonald are a mother-daughter team who have been fascinated for more than twenty years with Central Appalachia, which includes Appalachian Ohio. Both have written about Appalachian history and culture and have presented at conferences and seminars. Their most recent publication, Lost and Found in Appalachia, is a book of photos and brief narratives of some of the places they’ve visited during their extensive travel in the region. Julie is a clinical social worker at OSU/Harding Behavioral Health and Medicine, and Peggy recently retired as Vice President of the Ohio Children’s Foundation.


Appalachian History and Culture

This presentation defines the Appalachian region and explores the history of those who settled there. It provides insights into the origins of Appalachian culture and beliefs; important historical events which shaped the region; and the roles absentee ownership and extractive industries continue to play in the region.

The Environment and Appalachian Ohio: A Tale of Three Cities

Nowhere in Ohio has the environment played a more important role than in the state’s thirty-two Appalachian counties. This presentation describes how underground mineral deposits and proximity to the Ohio River made the region ideal for mining, steel and petrochemical production–and ultimately led three small towns from industrial prosperity to environmental catastrophe.



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