Community Media

Steam powered sawmill in Harkey Valley. Image donated by Freda Martin Cossey.

Steam powered sawmill in Harkey Valley. Image donated by Freda Martin Cossey.

Much of our work focuses on community-based media and information sharing.  Here are a few examples of things we’re working on.

Weekly Seed and the Story column: Published in the Post Dispatch and the Courier.  This interactive column is closely associated with our organization and explores folklife, oral history, sustainability, human rights education, and organizing in the area. We’ve recently been researching the history of Chickalah, (including learning from elders like Bud Rector), highlighting research from student projects at ATU, and highlighting some of the stories of area small-scale growers. You can find all the columns here. 

Research with the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. We believe in both looking forward to the future while also seeking to understand more about the past. Part of our work is engaging with historical research, including sharing our research through the entries in the Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Recent entries have included “Sulphur Springs” and “Chickalah.”

*Partnership with Folklife and Oral History class at Arkansas Tech University.  Students taking part in the Folklife and Oral History Project engage in research in their communities and learn more about the stories and living cultures of home. Here is an example of some recent work from student Allison McVey.

Place-based Oral History: In addition to long form oral histories in the community, we also produce edited clips for local radio so as to make the oral histories easily accessible to a wider audience and get them back out into the community. Here’s two recent pieces we created for the Ozarks at Large program.



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