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, December 2, 2015

Two Local Grants - November 2015

Wonderful news !  The Old Church Gallery received -two- local grants for its Floyd Story Center's "Roots with Wings" oral history program which pairs Radford University mentors with Floyd County High School students. Funding came from both the Community Foundation of the NRV Responsive Grant program to aid our digital archives, and from the Feisty Floyd FPhilanthropists toward assisting our oral history program, now in its eighth year at FCHS. Way to go!  


Big thanks to FFF and CFNRV.

Catherine Pauley and Melinda Wagner took a tour of the Volvo plant in Radford, sponsor of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley event, before the grant awards' breakfast there on Nov. 18th. We don't know which vehicle they drove to get home... but all of us are excited to put the grant funds to work.

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