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.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Interviews conducted at the Hotel Floyd on February 24

Floyd County High School students interviewed WWII veterans Arthur Conner and Roger Shortt at the Hotel Floyd on February 24, 2011 as part of the Old Church Gallery and Radford University place-based education oral history project.


Here, Arthur Conner points out his wartime travel route on the Burma Road over the Himalayas to Floyd County High School interviewer, Aaron Tsang.




 Floyd County High School students Rina Van Blerk and India Edwards converse with Roger Shortt after hearing about his wartime service repairing and rebuilding bridges in WWII Germany.

A team of students produced the interviews in the Old Church Gallery Suite at the Hotel Floyd, filming, audio taping, photographing, and recording historical information.  The students are transcribing both recordings to complete professional transcriptions with content logs.

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