Old Church Gallery Timeline: 2010s

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2010

Marks Mrs. Effie K. Brown’s one hundredth year with a birthday reception and exhibit of her quilting.

Catherine Pauley with Effie Brown on her 100th birthday

2012

Installs a panel display for the Effie King Brown quilt square collection.

Exhibits historical coverlets and blankets “Warm and Woven.” Exhibit materials became the foundation for the permanent coverlet collection.

2013

Music program featuring live music and dancing dolls

Records and films four interviews related to Floyd County’s World War II-era experiences in the Roots With Wings project.

Exhibits a collection of “R.O.’s Dancing Dolls,” R.O. Slusher’s beautifully handmade limber jacks, in a special display.

Presents an afternoon of live music to kick off the exhibit of R. O. Slusher’s Dancing Dolls.

2014

Receives Scholar-Citizen Initiative designation from Radford University for the Roots With Wings Project. The designation continues through 2018.

Enjoys a new parking lot and a new blue roof.

2015

Becomes a stop on the Crooked Road “Mountains of Music Homecoming” tour with the exhibit “By Ear & By Heart – A Hundred Years of Music-Making in Floyd County.”

Records and films our twenty-eighth World War II-era interview, completing the series for the Roots With Wings Oral History Project.

Archival work begins for a collections database with a new initiative, “Phase One, Opening the Digital Door.”

2016

Continues Roots with Wings Project with Floyd County High School and Radford University students developing the Community and Neighborhood Series of interviews and short films.

Records farm stories at our booth at the Floyd County Fair.

2017

Hosts, with the Floyd County Historical Society and the Floyd County Historical Preservation Trust, a history-based “Community Treasures Tour.”

Exhibits “Between the Rows of Corn” with a survey of prehistoric artifacts found throughout the county.

Celebrates Catherine Pauley being named a New River Valley Leading Light for service to the greater Floyd community and for her Old Church Gallery work.

Our “Roots with Wings,” Oral History Project presented a full session at the 2017 Appalachian Studies Conference, Virginia Tech, with Floyd County Public School teachers, Casey Worley, Meghan Moore-Hubbard, and Mary Dickerson; Radford University Professor Emerita, Melinda Wagner; and Floyd Story Center Co-Director, Kathleen Ingoldsby.

Archival work on our collections progresses in “Phase Two, Opening the Digital Door” utilizing web-based, data organization software.

Receives Aster, a carved folk art rhinoceros, as a permanent resident mascot.

Aster the rhino carved from a cucumber tree root

2018

Premieres “From the Front Porch to the Front Lines,” a two-set DVD of our World War II interview films, with a reception and all-day movie screenings at the Jessie Peterman Memorial Branch Library. The DVD project was funded in part by a 2017 grant from Virginia Humanities. Additional WWII DVD film and lecture presentations by Melinda Wagner and Kathleen Ingoldsby were well received at the Blacksburg and Christiansburg branches of the Mongomery-Floyd Regional Library as well as at the Historical Society of Western Virginia in Roanoke.

Presents a comprehensive display of Floyd County baskets with “What Do We Need to Carry?” – a major exhibit on local basket makers and their craft.

Receives recognition by The National Basketry Association magazine featuring the “What Do We Need to Carry?” exhibit on basket makers of Floyd County.

2019

Presents “Sweet & Sassy” feed sack exhibit. Citizens Telephone Cooperative produced a forty-minute video about this exhibit for their cable “Community Show.”

Initiates Superintendent-approved oral history Professional Development Activity for Floyd County Public School teachers, in partnership with the Radford University Center for Social and Cultural Research.

Implements “Phase Three, Opening the Digital Door,” building a new WordPress website with a digital archives structure to carry forward and provide public access to collections records.

Receives Citizen-Leader designation from Radford University for the Roots with Wings Project. The designation continues to the present day.

Hosts kindergarten and first grade classes who weave the first rows of a community rug on the refurbished 1850s Bishop, rocker-beater loom.

Floyd County High School art teacher Kimberly Ingram & Radford University student Cora Bland interviewing Kimberly’s father, Charles Kingrea

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