Roots with Wings, a Floyd County Place-Based Education Project:: Intergenerational Connections

Floyd Story Center

Since 1998, a community oral history collection partnership of the Old Church Gallery, Ltd., Radford University’s Center for Social and Cultural Research, Honors Program, Scholar-Citizen Initiative, Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, and Floyd County High School. Our archives now hold over 100 interviews.

In our Roots with Wings project, college mentors, high school staff, and community volunteers meet weekly during the school year to teach the discipline of oral history collection to Floyd County High School students.

Students learn ethical, methodologically sound interview techniques, practice and complete several interviews, transcribe the audiotapes, create searchable content logs, archive interviewee resources and period photographs, learn the technology of audio and video recording, research historical backgrounds, acquire proficiency in iMovie and storytelling, and finally extract a theme from an hour long interview to create a seven minute movie production.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Floyd Story Center Film Showing - Sunday, Sept. 12

Stanley: Words and Music- Floyd, VA

Sunday September 12, 2010 - A local film, Stanley: Words and Music, documenting a Willis instrument maker, will have its Floyd film premier on Sunday September 12th, 2 p.m., at the Jessie Peterman Memorial Library in Floyd. This folk arts presentation is a part of the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library oral history program series Sharing America. The twenty minute movie was shown previously at the regional Appalachian Studies Association Conference (2005) to highlight the oral history program of the Floyd Story Center at the Old Church Gallery. The film, captured over a ten year period, follows Stanley Lorton (now in his 90's), in the process of making a mountain dulcimer in his woodshop. It also features his wife Ruby, who relates music lore through their scrapbook, the Lorton instrument gallery, and early footage of the Over the Hill Gang band from Floyd. The production, with narration and musical accompaniment entirely by Mr. Lorton, was created by local historian Kathleen Ingoldsby in collaboration with Catherine Pauley, whose photographs of Stanley are featured. Mr. Lorton is expected to be on hand for the event. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Jessie Peterman Memorial Library in Floyd. Admission is Free. Stanley Lorton might just sit in on a performance by Mike Mitchell and Friends.

•Jessie Peterman Memorial Library •321 W. Main Street •Floyd, VA 24091
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