Oral History Project Partners

Roots with Wings Oral History Project, 2007-2020

Oral history group which conducted Frank Hancock's 2017 Roots with Wings interview

Media, Technology, & Sociology Classes, Floyd County High School, 2007-2018

Floyd County High School, Old Church Gallery, Ltd., and Radford University partnered in our Roots With Wings Place-based Education oral history project. College mentors, high school staff, and a dedicated community non-profit partner met weekly during the school year to teach the art of oral history collection and digital recording to high school students. Every student listed in this linked section contributed to the recording, presentation, and preservation of our oral history interviews and recordings.

Roots with WIngs 2013 Radford University student mentors

Radford University Sociology Department Student Mentor Participants, 2007-2020

During our long-running, 2007-2020, Roots with Wings, Floyd Story Center project, we welcomed over ninety Radford University student mentors into our high school oral history project. RU college mentors, guided by Dr. Melinda Wagner, joined Floyd County High School staff and community volunteers to meet weekly during the school year with high school students as we put into practice the discipline of oral history collection and built our digital archives. We owe appreciation to Radford University Sociology and Anthropology Departments for their dedicated support and assistance.

Roots with Wings Group photo from 2019 Roots with Wings projecy
Floyd County Public School Teacher Training and Professional Development, 2019-2020

In 2019, the Floyd Story Center at the Old Church Gallery developed a superintendent-approved, Professional Development Activity for Floyd County public school teachers, awarding points toward licensure renewal. Using the Roots with Wings model, the inter-generational interviews connected Floyd County faculty with Radford University students to interview Floyd County elders. Our Roots with Wings team members from the Floyd Story Center, Floyd County Public Schools, and Radford University are pictured here: Melinda Wagner, Amanda Burroughs, Catherine Pauley, Alice Slusher, Molly Cox, Vicky McAlexander, Kimberly Ingram, Shaylee Hodges, Sharmaine Ramirez, Cora Bland.

Floyd County Traditions Place-based Interviews, 1999-2002

Radford University Anthropology, Appalachian Studies Classes, Buffalo Mountain and Little River Interviews

In partnership with Radford University’s (RU) Sociology and Anthropology Departments, 1999-2002, the Floyd County Traditions project collected place-based oral history interviews based on local geographic areas, including Buffalo Mountain and the Little River. For the Buffalo Mountain series, 1999 – 2001, RU anthropology students interviewed fifteen families living within site of the Buffalo for the Old Church Gallery oral history archives. In 2002, teams of RU student interviewers traveled to the homes and farms of fifteen interviewees for the Little River series. The students collected a trove of audio interviews centered around life on and along the Little River in Floyd County, Virginia.

Logo for Roots with Wings