“We remember, we collect, we protect.”
The Old Church Gallery http://oldchurchgallery.org/
preserves Floyd County’s rich artistic
and historical heritage through exhibits, workshops, and a digital archive of images and recordings.
Through the efforts of our Floyd Story Center
, we are recording interviews, music, photographs, oral histories and community memory. Our growing archive now includes more than a hundred interviews with county residents, dating from 2007. The Floyd Story Center sponsors the “Roots with Wings”
This place-based oral history project is a partnership with Radford University mentors, Floyd County High School students, RU’s Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, Center for Social and Cultural Research, Scholar-Citizen Initiative and Old Church Gallery.
Our volunteers spend a semester working with high school sociology and technology students who are learning how to conduct interviews and collect oral histories in an ethical manner. The students interview four Floyd Countians and work as teams to create their own films based upon these interviews.
As students are developing the technical skills necessary to record the interviews and produce films, they are also forging personal connections with the elder community members they interview. See how they preserve community memory and culture for the future here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwlCytc_IQs
Last Chance to view: Between the Rows of Corn...
The same plowed ground that provided corn and beans to generations of Floyd Countians is also a rich source of Indian artifacts. The current Old Church Gallery exhibit surveys artifacts collected by gardeners and farmers throughout the county. From Clovis points to soapstone bowls, grinding stones to atlatls, these tools offer glimpses into the lives of the people who shaped and used them thousands of years ago.
Next up: Basketmakers of Floyd County
In May we will open an exhibit showcasing the work of three notable basketmakers: Civil War veteran John Harter's coiled-straw baskets; Iowa Griffith Cochran Haynes' split baskets with painted designs; and Clovis Boyd's white oak rib baskets.
How can you help?
Your donation helps supply the equipment and materials used in the oral history programs. Donations also go to protecting our permanent collections of textiles, furniture, soapstone artifacts, baskets and other creative efforts of Floyd Countians, past and contemporary.
We need more room! Please consider helping fund a planned Gallery expansion which will enable us to display and store our collections in climate-controlled space.
Photo Credits: Image of the Gallery House courtesy of Catherine Pauley; FCHS student interviewing Arthur Conner courtesy of Kathleen Ingoldsby
Thank you for your consideration and caring.