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, April 17, 2015

You're All Invited!


Please accept an invitation to attend Radford University's annual spring Student Engagement Forum. Take a look at the work behind the scenes as RU students in the current spring class (led by Dr. Melinda Wagner) present their progress related to the "Roots with Wings" place-based education project and community building through partnerships of Floyd County High School, the Old Church Gallery, and Radford University (Wednesday, April 22, 3:20-3:50PM).  

Just prior to this presentation (3PM), students from last fall's related class (led by Dr. Theresa Burriss) present their work on creating supplemental teaching materials for "Roots with Wings" high school participants.

Detailed information including times and locations can be accessed HERE

Now, what did we do in class today?  Also, why such a fast turnaround post this week?  There will be no time next week!

FCHS students continue to transcribe the interview audio files which are then vetted by RU students and sent back for corrections.  This is tedious work (judging by some facial expressions), however I'd like to reiterate its importance.  

For others to enjoy recorded oral history they must be able to find it.  Transcribing, cataloging, and brief [but descriptive] file labeling are key elements. This includes cataloging all supplemental items brought in by families (which are scanned or photographed for the community archives).

Once transcription is complete, FCHS students dive into the creative process with the fun  part:  making a film!

FCHS students transcribing and proofreading their own work.  A few thought they'd done it absolutely perfectly, but...

...RU students note transcription errors for FCHS students to pay closer attention to when Q-C'ing each others' work.

High school and college students pour over transcriptions, making sure the archives process is done correctly. 

Have a great weekend, and see you next week!

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