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, February 27, 2018

Forming Questions

Students Create Question Lists 

Focusing on Intentional Communities

Thursday, February 22, Radford University Mentors and Floyd County High School students divided into potential interview groups. The groups are based on the four individuals that have agreed to be interviewed. This year, Roots With Wings has taken an interest in intentional communities and how they play a role in Floyd County's larger community. Mentors and students have researched what an intentional community is, and gathered historic information about land trusts in Floyd County.
With the assistance of mentors, FCHS students conversed to create a list of questions that could be asked. By preparing the interviewer with a list of questions, it can be easier to guide the conversation once the interview is in process. 

Our administrators gathered up some information about the four lucky individuals that we will interview this year. These biographies captured topics such as: Early Life,  Finding Floyd, Contributions to the Community, and Ways each Community Operates. With the variety of topics, students must organize their questions in such a way to get the story that the interviewee would like to share with us and generations to come.

Each participant has a unique story to share with us. We hope you keep up with our weekly posts to learn more about the project and students. 

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