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, May 18, 2016

Movie Production Time

Eight student movies underway!

This year, for the first time in our nine years of conducting inter-generational interviews, we received period video footage from our interviewees, along with other shared personal items--period photos, clippings, artifacts, and documents.   Big thanks to Asta Productions, Christiansburg, to John Hildreth, Radford University Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, and also to George Slusher, for help with the digitization of several Super 8 film reels.

1960s Pulaski Speedway #27A Wins!


Video from 1990s Friday Nite Jamboree!

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