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.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Project Team Effort

From the Front Porch to the Front Lines

Our "Front Porch to the Front Lines" project team met at the Old Church Gallery to review progress and plans for our 2018 WWII era media production based on ten years of oral history interviews and films.  We're producing a DVD set from our WWII interviews for library and community access.  Project grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Arts, Community Foundation of the New River Valley, Fiesty Floyd Fphilanthropists, and the Larry Woodrow Vest Fund-Foundation for Roanoke Valley have made our work possible.


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