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, April 3, 2018

Hurry-up and wait!

Scheduled Interviews Postponed to March 29th 

Have you ever planned something so well, but everything just went OPPOSITE? While snow days often work in our favor, we did not anticipate the snow to slow us down this time. 

For safety reasons, we postponed our interviews to March 29th. While we wait patiently for next week, our Radford University student-mentors and Floyd County High School students are practicing for the upcoming interviews. Fingers crossed that the snow stays away while we gather our community members to share their stories.

Meanwhile, the Floyd Story Center at the Old Church Gallery has plans for a film premiere of ten years of Roots with Wings oral history interview short films.  The job is never done for those volunteering their time to preserve Floyd history. 

See below the announcement for the "From the Front Porch to the Front Lines" all-day film screening.  We hope you save the date and join us for this special presentation. 



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