Hands across
the hills
Leverett, MA | Letcher county, KY

I Could Cry a River

With polarization on the rise in the United States, Hands Across the Hills bridges divides by bringing groups from vastly different parts of the country together. Station WGBY in Springfield filmed us at our October 2019 gathering of eastern Kentuckians and residents of Leverett...

Over the past two years, the Hands Across the Hills cultural exchange project has created strong bonds of friendship between conservative Kentuckians from Letcher County, Kentucky, and progressives in Leverett, Massachusetts.

For providing hope in a time of divisiveness, our proje...

LEVERETT — The nation’s political divide may have widened, but the bond between Kentuckians and Leverett residents who met for the third time last weekend to bridge differences has deepened, members of the group said.

The Hands Across the Hills project, begun after the 2016 electi...

A culture-crossing project borne of the 2016 election met for the third time this past weekend in Leverett, Massachusetts.

Hands Across the Hills includes a small group from Letcher County, Kentucky — a Trump stronghold — and another group from mostly-liberal Leverett. 

The pr...


Join Leverett's Hands Across the Hills and our HATH Friends from Letcher County KY
in a Public Forum:

Celebrating the Bridging of Two Communities 

Sunday October 13th  3-5 PM

Leverett Elementary School, 85 Montague Road, Leverett, MA

Our eastern Kentucky friends are visiting us a sec...

LEVERETT — A project that started two years ago to bridge political and cultural divides between Leverett residents and people living in Letcher County, Kentucky will continue during the Oct. 11-13 weekend.

Hands Across the Hills, formed in October 2017 as a means of getting peopl...


Kentuckians from Letcher County, KY will visit Leverett the weekend of Oct 11-13 to continue the bridging project that brought them together as Hands Across the Hills in October 2017.  The Kentuckians will stay in Leverett homes and participate in dialogues facilitated by Dr. Pau...

Arte TV, Europe's public television, commissioned German filmmaker Jörg Daniel Hissen, to film a documentary about polarization in the US. The film features Hands Across the Hills along with various American voices and settings. It was aired in France, North Africa and Germany, t...

Regina Williams of South Carolina (left), Gwen Johnson of Kentucky and Paula Green of Massachusetts are interviewed about the January weekend of Bridge4Unity in Beaufort, SC. They speak of how the project started, how intense the dialogues and learnings were and the value of meet...

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The voices of Hands Across the Hills speak with honesty and empathy and reach for common ground.  Video by David Rabinovitz.

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Hands Across the Hills:

Chapter 1

View our short film capturing the spirit of the October 2017 visit of Kentuckians to Leverett.  Video by David Rabinovitz.