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.

Monday, February 6, 2017

A New Semester Begins!

Bigger & Better Than Ever

Thursday, January 26, it was introductions all around for Radford University mentors and students from both Mr. Worley’s Technology & Media class and Ms. Moore-Hubbard’s Sociology class at Floyd County High School. With fifty high school students and ten Radford University mentors, the number of participants is unprecedented in the history of the Roots with Wings Project.  

Speed Interviewing Exercise
Catherine Pauley, Kathleen Ingoldsby, and Melinda Wagner each introduced the project in their own fashion and with much enthusiasm for the inauguration of the 2017 Floyd Story Center Roots with Wings Oral History Project.  Skyler Goad, a student from the Project last year, shared her experiences and we got a good taste of the Project from watching her past year’s interview film "Tools to Work," based on the Stanley Products career of Mrs. Louise Via.
Mentors Getting to Know High School Students
As a way of getting acquainted with one another we had a fun session of speed interviewing where small groups of the high school students asked the college students good questions as they rotated around to each group.  Starting with names, we got to know one another, which also became very good practice for the interviewing process to come.

Our next session will be on recording equipment, and we are looking forward to learning how to use the technology that captures the magic! 
Blogpost: Cara Myrtle
Photos: Heather Moran

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