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.

Friday, March 22, 2013

February 28, 2013 

Four Individual Interviews with WWII Participants

Floyd County High School students conducted interviews with Laurence Wood, Virgie Quesenberry, Troy Smith, and Harold Spence as part of the semester-long oral history project in Mrs. Myers' Digital Media class.

Mr. Laurence Wood, WWII Army/Air Force, with the Floyd County High School interview team, Radford University mentors and their Professor, Dr. Melinda Wagner.  Students audio recorded, filmed, and later transcribed the hour-long interview, made content logs, and, finally, selecting parts and creating storyboards for two short films based on Mr. Wood's stories.

Floyd Story Center Oral History Project - February 28, 2013 at the Hotel Floyd




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