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, February 10, 2017


Listening and Learning

Recording Equipment Workshop

RU mentor & FCHS student with Marantz
February 2nd became a great learning session with our first introduction to the Marantz audio recorder and two amazing, new video cameras recently acquired by Mr. Worley at the high school. 

Kathleen Ingoldsby and Melinda Wagner made learning how to use the recording equipment fun and interactive.  The students listened to Project Manual directions being read by a fellow student, watching closely as each instruction was followed. 

Step by step assembly!
Shortly after, they practiced setting up and taking down the equipment, which required lots of careful attention, but all did well. Students' faces lit up when they got to use the headphones to listen to others speak into the microphone, and everyone enjoyed Mr. Worley panning the video camera's projection around the room, resting on different familiar faces. This class became more exciting because it means we are ever closer to our end goal: the quality recording and preservation of precious interviews with those from our community.
Blogpost: Cara Myrtle
Photos: Heather Moran

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