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 24, 2017

2017 Semester-end Celebration

Roots With Wings Oral History Movie Premieres




In front of the auditorium's big screen, Floyd County High School students introduced their 3-6 minute films based on four 2017 oral history interviews conducted last March. 

Two Floyd County High School classes, Digital Media & Technology and Sociology, met on Thursdays to learn oral history collection, conduct four interviews, record video and audio, transcribe content, and create a short film on one part of each interview.   

We showed twelve films: students created three movies on three different themes extracted from each of the four interviews. Since our 2008-09 start, our Roots With Wings project has come a long way!

Everyone enjoyed the show!

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