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, and Floyd County High School. Our archives now hold over seventy interviews.

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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Floyd Co. High School 2014 Class and Partners:

"Roots with Wings" Project completes its seventh year.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

4 Minute Video View of Classroom Curriculum


Floyd County Place-based Oral History Project connecting community through technology education.   


Click to see YouTube video:

Roots with Wings - Our Oral History Project

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Our RU Mentors Excel!

In a presentation on April 26 in Muse Banquet Hall, Mark Shanley, RU's vice president for student affairs, bestowed the university's highest honor, the Outstanding Student Award, to:

  • Analise Roccaforte, senior       

  • Mary Dickerson, graduate student

The award recognizes those who have excelled in promoting the true spirit and ideals of Radford University, both in academics and leadership.   


Current mentor Langley Looney, RU senior studying business management, Appalachian studies, and history received the Outstanding Student in Appalachian Studies Award.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Appalachian Teaching Project:  Sustaining the Community Mind for Long-term Community Resiliency:   Appalachian Values Assessment in Floyd County, VA               

Our high school oral history program mentors from Radford University presented findings from their Appalachian values study to national and local audiences this year:  Kasey Campbell, Victoria Curtis, Taylor LaPrade, Langley Looney, Sarah Wood, and Ryan Woodson, along with Misty Daniels and Charles Salyers with Faculty Mentor: Melinda Wagner, Sociology.

Floyd County Virginia’s Land Policy Task Force found that “What Matters Most” to Floyd County residents was “preservation of rural character, Appalachian heritage, and community identity.” 

This Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) researched what residents want to preserve and studied perceptions of potential threats to those values.  Recent social science research highlights “narrative” and the identification of “core values” as critical elements that help sustain communities affected by cultural and economic change and persistent negative stereotyping.  

Better understanding Floyd County’s history and heritage (and defining what residents mean by that) can buttress a foundation for positive planning.  In the words of the Floyd County Development Director, “it would allow for going beyond simply reacting to outside stressors as they arise.  From a land planning and economic perspective, it would be valuable to know these answers.”