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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 Appalachian Studies Conference

Roots with Wings Project Presentation


Our ongoing Roots with Wings Floyd County Oral History Project (2007-2017) was represented well at the 2017 Appalachian Studies Conference, Virginia Tech, March 9th.  We presented a 75 minute session to a full room, showed a student movie, slide show, and promo film, took questions, and each of us spoke at length on our individual partnership roles. 

Session 3.13 
Roundtable | Education | Digital Humanities 
Extreme Community: Floyd County, Virginia, Elders and Youth Keeping Stories in a Digital Age 
A discussion of a ten-year partnership among the Floyd Story Center, Radford University, and Floyd County High School and a sampling of its products. “Roots with Wings” documents interviews, creates original short movies, and seeks Internet publication. 
Convener: Melinda B. Wagner, Radford University 
Mary Dickerson, Check Elementary
Meghan Moore-Hubbard, Floyd County High School 
Casey Worley, Floyd County High School
Kathleen Ingoldsby, Floyd Story Center


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