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 22, 2016

Theme Construction Time

Creating Short Film Stories 

April 21st the class divided into four movie groups, one for each of our interviewees.  With assistance from the Radford University mentors, the groups brainstormed story themes from the printed interview transcripts. 

There was no shortage of ideas, since our respondents each had many varied life experiences in music, farm, sales, business, sports, and education.  What to choose?

Our celebration is set for Thursday, May 26th, at the high school library, where we’ll have our movie premiers and see the results of the students' work.

                                                        Blogpost: Kathleen Ingoldsby

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