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, May 28, 2015

Showtime at the high school mini-theater -


Angela Myers, Digital Video and Media teacher, introduces the program.
 The high school class presented their final films on May 27th.  The interviewees and their families watched eight short movies with delight--laughter filled the room at times, while at other times the sentiment of history could clearly be felt.

Pictured at right:  Mary Lou and Al Kelley, Marvin Nolen, and McCrey and Joyce Shortt during the film viewing. 

The WWII era interviewees will later receive the project results from a full semester's work-- audio recordings, video films, photographs, and a full typed transcript--bound into a formal presentation packet.   All of the recorded history will be archived at the Old Church Gallery for the benefit of the community.


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  1. Ed. note: Sadly, McCrey Shortt passed away two weeks after this movie premier and celebration. His family deeply appreciated the work the students did to record McCrey's stories, most filled with laughter and spunk. Our archives now hold copies of his amazing WWII photographs from Germany; we feel that he gifted a real treasure to our community.