Old Church Gallery Timeline: 2000s

1970s-1980s1990s — 2000s — 2010s2020s

2000

Partners with Radford University Anthropology students to continue the Floyd County Traditions oral history project, interviewing county residents for the Economy and Work theme series.

Presents evening adult classes in painting and creative writing.

2001

In a continued partnership with Radford University, Anthropology students return to conduct interviews for the Buffalo Mountain Place-based Oral History Series.

As part of a New River Valley Regional Commission grant, Managing Information with Rural America (MIRA) at the Kellogg Foundation, Ann-Margaret Shortt and Kathleen Ingoldsby travel to Battle Creek, Michigan, where a roadmap for digital storytelling was presented. Appalshop later brought a hands-on and how-to digital storytelling workshop here, setting us firmly on our movie-making path.

Supports publication of the Floyd County, Virginia Heritage book.

2002

Hosts elementary school summer enrichment classes on the Walking Tour of Floyd as they explore historic town architecture and the stories the buildings hold.

Partners with Radford University Anthropology students who interview residents for the Little River series of place-based oral history interviews.

Jennifer Kline interviewing Gertrude Harris in 2002
Jennifer Kline interviewing Gertrude Harris for the 2002 Little River Series

2005

Celebrates paying off the loan for the Gallery House and half-acre lot on Wilson Street.

Sponsors the Southeastern Regional Office of the National Park Service workshop on the techniques and technology of collecting oral histories.

Initiates the Floyd Story Center Program as an archive for the oral histories, formalized to create a structure for teaching, recording, preserving, and presenting our growing collection of interviews and media documentation.

Receives recognition from Radford University at the national Appalachian Studies Association conference for Kathleen Ingoldsby and Catherine Pauley as outstanding Local Historians/Teachers for their work with “Floyd County Traditions.”

2006

Celebrates the 175th birthday of Floyd County with a special history exhibit.

Defines role of the Old Church Gallery as interpreting the creative culture of Floyd County. [The Floyd County Historical Society moved its programs to a permanent home, the Williams House on North Locust Street.]

Joins in a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Floyd County Historical Society on November 13, 2006, emphasizing mutual support and cooperation as sister organizations.

2007

Hosts Floyd County Historical Society in three capacity-building workshop sessions led by Tiffany Haworth, United Way of Martinsville.

Expands oral history program initiating Roots with Wings, a new pilot project for at-risk and gifted students at Floyd County High School, in coordination with New River Valley Community Services and Radford University.

Works with the Floyd Town Council to protect the alley and the side wall of the historic brick Presbyterian Church by donating land for a new entry road to the Hotel Floyd. The narrow alleyway later became a landscaped walking path.

Hosts community members with an evening of Coffee and Chocolate as part of Town of Floyd’s “Dickens of a Christmas.”

2008

Secures motto as, “We remember, we collect, we protect.”

Designs the Old Church Gallery suite for Hotel Floyd.

Completes second year with Roots with Wings World War II interview and movie-making project engaging the talents of high school students and mentors from Radford University’s Department of Sociology.

2009

Three split white ash baskets made by Iowa Griffith Haynes about 1920
The “Three Sisters” baskets: split white ash baskets made by Iowa Griffith Haynes about 1920.

Begins to use The “Three Sisters” baskets as the Gallery logo.

Mounts an exhibit entitled “If These Walls Could Talk: Photo Panoramas of the Town of Floyd.”

1970s-1980s1990s — 2000s — 2010s2020s