August 2014
This circa 1934 photograph from the Wilson Library's Digital NC Collection Photographic Archives evokes one of this year's themes at the SOHP:  The Rural South.

in the North Carolina County Photographic Collection #P0001
Field Notes
Stories from the Southern Oral History Program

Director's Note

As SOHP kicks off the 2014-2015 academic year, we focus on two main research themes: women's leadership and the rural south.


Building on our recent collection efforts on the women's movement in the South, we are focusing on women's leadership. Our undergraduate interns will conduct oral history fieldwork this fall on women's activism at UNC. In the spring, Associate Director Rachel Seidman will further our exciting collaboration with the Women's Center on the Moxie Project, and Rachel will teach a course, "Oral History and Women's Activism in the U.S. South." Moreover, we are exploring research projects with scholars and students who work with women entrepreneurs in North Carolina. We are also partnering with Women AdvaNCe for the second year in a row to bring oral history to their annual North Carolina Women's Summit on September 26 (see below).


We are building our second research focus, the rural south, and it burns slowly at first, like the proverbial campfire around which the most memorable stories emerge. Professor Seth Kotch of American Studies is working with us on a project called "Back Ways: The Social Experience of Rural Segregation" that combines the strengths of oral history and geography to understand institutionalized racism in rural counties in the twentieth century. We are beginning with Orange and Alamance Counties in North Carolina. I continue to research the rural south through foodways. I am continuing as co-producer for A Chef's Life for its second season, and we are collaborating on a project on Lumbee Indian foodways with our colleagues in Southern Studies and CSAS, as well as Southern Foodways Alliance oral historian Sara Wood. We are planning a few short publications, events, and presentations at places like the SFA Symposium in Oxford, MS in October. Our Spring 2015 Introduction to Oral History course will also have a research focus on oral histories of the rural south, and in addition to learning the skills of oral history, students will be contributing to an online mapping tool that we are developing with the Digital Innovation Lab at UNC.


Thank you for your continued support of SOHP! We look forward to hearing from you this year.


--Malinda Maynor Lowery


Get Your Tickets for the NC Women's Summit!
SOHP is a proud co-sponsor of the 2nd Annual North Carolina Women's Summit. This year's summit, "Connecting Communities, Creating Change," will be held at North Carolina State University on September 26. Join us for a day of critical thinking, leadership training, and stories from our state's most powerful women. 


Be sure to reserve a ticket! Your ticket includes breakfast, three panel discussions featuring feminist scholars and experts from non-profit organizations, lunch, and a keynote address.


The panels will address the following questions:
- How do we create, preserve, and promote public education systems that work?
- How do women climb the ladder of success in the workforce?
- How do we ensure women's access to health care and information?


Register here!


Field Scholars Ready for a New Year at SOHP
From left to right: Evan & Clara, Darius, Taylor, Katie
You may recognize three of this year's field scholars;  Evan Faulkenbury, Darius Scott, and Katie Womble are all returning, much to our delight.  These hardworking graduate students are the secret to much of SOHP's productivity and creativity.  Darius will continue to focus on the Back Ways: The Social Experience of Rural Segregation project under the direction of Seth Kotch. Evan will gather more interviews with conservative women activists, and will be our go-to oral history workshop leader. He is also hard at work being Dad to Clara, who was born December 30th and is already skilled at blowing raspberries, showing off her dimples, and charming everyone she meets. Katie will be preparing Patrick Johnson's interviews for deposit in our collection, and doing a few more interviews of her own with women who were among the first to work at UNC. We are excited to introduce our new Field Scholar, Taylor Livingston, who comes to us from the Anthropology Department.  An experienced teacher, Taylor will be leading the intern seminar for us this year, focusing on women's activism at UNC.  We will be highlighting each of our field scholars throughout the semester, so you can look forward to hearing more about their work!  
Meet Taylor Livingston, Field Scholar and 
Internship Coordinator

The Southern Oral History Program staff is delighted to welcome our newest Field Scholar, Taylor Livingston. Taylor will serve the essential role of the SOHP Internship Coordinator. Her responsibilities include guiding the direction of the each intern's research, leading the weekly seminar and working to teach students the art of interviewing. 

Taylor, a South Carolina native and College of Charleston alumna, is busy completing her PhD in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is presently conducting research in Durham in an attempt to explore the history of African American motherhood and its connection to current infant feeding decisions.  Her former research projects include an ethnographic study of La Leche League, an organization that provides education and support to women who are considering breastfeeding their children. She was drawn to the SOHP's research on the feminist movement in the South.


In addition to her duties at the SOHP and the university, Taylor works as a lactation consultant. She conducts home visits in order to help women reach their breastfeeding goals. Taylor hopes to utilize her experiences with the SOHP and her research on infant feeding practices to teach or become involved with a women's center. Please join us in welcoming Taylor! 


--Rachel Worsham, communications intern

Student Activism Walking Tour Podcast Available

At our 40th Anniversary event last spring, SOHP interns took visitors on a walking tour they had designed of UNC's campus, which allowed participants to listen to clips of interviews about student activism related to different buildings on campus.  If you missed the event, now you can listen to a podcast of the walking tour!  Stop by SOHP's office to pick up a map if you want to follow along on foot, or just sit back and listen to Aaron Hayworth narrate and provide context for the clips you will hear. 


The walking tour is just one example of how our interns contribute to the work of the SOHP.  All of the interviews that have been done by our interns to date are now available online.  You can learn about the Speaker Ban controversy, the Sexual Revolution at UNC and Lesbian and Gay activism in the Triangle. These undergraduates not only learn important research skills during their internships but contribute to SOHP's collections at the Southern Historical Collection.  They are creative about how to share that research, and their work will be significant to future historians. 

Aaron Hayworth discusses the Speaker Ban on the SOHP walking tour.


   Intern interviews are available here:

   Fall 2012 Varied topics in social history

   Spring 2013 Speaker Ban Interviews

   Fall 2013  Sexual Revolution of the 1970s

   Spring 2014  Lesbian and Gay Activism

Engaging NC History Teachers with Oral History
SOHP hosted an energetic, creative group of middle and high school history teachers to talk about how we could make our wealth of interviews more useful for their classrooms.  The conversation over lunch was exciting and we are working on ways to pursue their ideas.  Stay tuned for future developments!  

Jacquelyn Hall Reflects on Life at UNC

SOHP Founding Director Jacquelyn Dowd Hall retired from UNC last spring.  She sat down with Jessie Wilkerson and Anna Krome Lukens, both of whom have worked at the SOHP, for an interview.  You can read excerpts of their discussion about life in Chapel Hill and at the University here:  

Come for Fish and an Ish
SOHP joins Southern Cultures and CSAS in inviting you to a special event, "Fish and an Ish."  Join us at the Love House and Hutchins Forum for the opening reception of the fall art exhibit, "An Eye For Mullet." These photographs, taken in a North Carolina mullet camp by Charles A. Farrell during the 1930s, were collected and curated by historian David S. Cecelski for an annotated photo essay that appears in the forthcoming Fall 2014 issue of Southern Cultures. "Our world today is so different than that of only a century ago," writes Cecelski, "that few people can recognize even the most basic aspects of daily life and labor as seen in [these] photographs." Yet they reveal "the changing nature of our relationship to the ocean and seashore." Along with the photographs, there will also be posters featuring quotes from interviews in the Southern Oral History Program's Coastal Carolina series, many of which were conducted by David Cecelski. Digital audio playlists will accompany these posters so that the voices from the coast can come to life.  

To celebrate the issue's release, Ricky Moore of Durham's Saltbox Seafood Joint will serve up some of his signature seasonal sustainable seafood from the Carolina coast. We'll also enjoy coastal music by Wayne Martin & friends. The reception is free and open to the public, but we can't afford to give away products this good! $20 gets you "Fish and an Ish": a plate of Ricky's delicious seafood plus the Fall 2014 issue of Southern Cultures. To purchase tickets, click  

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