June 2014
This image is featured in the Useful Work exhibit up at CSAS through the summer.  Come to the Love House to hear clips of interviews about farming, rural life, and western North Carolina. 
Boy selling apples, circa 1904-1954: Bayard Morgan Wootten Photographic Collection #P0011,
North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.

Field Notes
Stories from the Southern Oral History Program

Director's Note

In my opinion, summer doesn't really begin until you've eaten your first ear of sweet corn. At SOHP we're gathering that metaphorical harvest of our previous year's work and simultaneously planning for next year--we're collecting interviews, embarking on new projects and collaborations, and raising the funds to continue our research. To learn more about all we're doing, like our Facebook page.


Thank you, as always, for supporting SOHP!

 

--Malinda Maynor Lowery 


New Digital Exhibit on SOHP History
Even if you missed our 40th anniversary, now you can "visit" the exhibit about our history that we originally created for that event.  A new online version of the exhibit is now live, where you can learn all about the development of our program over time, see pictures, listen to audio clips, and even share your own stories of interviewing or being interviewed.  Do take a look and let us know what you think!  Many thanks to Virginia Ferris for her wonderful work on putting together the digital exhibit.
Field Scholars Continue to Build SOHP Collections

Four graduate students are in the field this summer, actively building SOHP's collections in exciting ways.  

 

Evan Faulkenbury recently conducted six interviews in Lynchburg, Virginia focusing on conservative activism as part of the Long Women's Movement project. He hopes to interview more conservative women in the near future to gain a broader perspective, but for now, these voices begin to point to a more complicated conservative definition of feminism.  According to  Evan, his interviews suggest that "activities such as anti-abortion picketing outside clinics, teaching college women about their Biblical roles as wives and helpmates, and counseling women that abortion is morally wrong constitute important aspects of women's activism within the American Right." 

 

Katie Womble started her summer with a trip to Prague for a two-week summer seminar for library science students and professionals. Now that she has returned, she is hard at work on collecting interviews with women who were among the first generation of female faculty and administrators at UNC.   Katie says of her research, "These interviews give more context for women at the university now (faculty, staff, and students) to understand what it means to be able to compete equally for positions and to be recognized for the level of work that they invest."  

 

Rob, Katie and Darius (Evan not pictured)
Darius Scott is working on the Black Roads, Black Ways Project.  That project is inspired by the decline of a number of Reconstruction churches in Orange County, a decline prompted by the deliberate neglect of roads leading to them during the Jim Crow era. Using a combination of archival research and oral history, Darius is working with Seth Kotch to explore the abandonment of these roads by state authorities, the movement to preserve the space by African American residents, and the eventual disappearance of the roads from maps and memories, and the ways these threads tie into a larger picture of segregation in rural environments. The Institute for African American Research is supporting the work. 
 
Rob Shapard is working on a set of new interviews with environmentalists in North Carolina, including William G. Ross Jr., former secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  We are excited to build this area of our collection under Rob's initiative!

 

Moxie Scholars Combine Research and Engagement
The Moxie Project is up and running!  The Moxies (as they are affectionately known) are working hard in their internships and undertaking oral history interviews that will be added to our collection on the Long Women's Movement in the American South.  Sarah Pederson and Brittany Desgages, who are interning at the Pauli Murray Project in Durham, helped organize an event in celebration of the Pauli Murray
poetry contest winners.  Jeanette Stokes commented, "I've been to several events honoring the poetry winners in the past and this was easily the most fun and the most inspiring.  The interns were awesome!"  To     keep up to date on the Moxie Project, please be sure to visit the students' blog.  
Meet Brianna Cooper, Summer Volunteer

We were delighted to have Brianna Cooper volunteering her time with us this summer.  

 

Brianna Cooper is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has a double major in Journalism and Mass Communication and Communication Studies with a minor in Global Cinema. Brianna is interested in history and film and media studies. She describes herself as a "movie maniac" and hopes to work in film and television distribution to help get more transformative content into movie theaters. She is passionate about the Southern Oral History Program, she says,  "because it captures the voices of people in history."

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