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Oral Histories: Land and Water, in the Berea Sound Archives

Appalachian Historic Forest Conditions Oral History Project

This oral history collection consists of interviews with elder (over 65) Appalachians about their recollections of the forest in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. While the interviews focus on their experience of the forests, their stories also intersect with other aspects of their experience and contributions such as music and art.

Carr Creek Oral History Project

Interviews conducted during 2022-2023 by folklorist Nicole Musgrave. Her work was part of an effort to document the geographic and human impact of the construction of the Carr Fork Reservoir in southeastern Kentucky.

Grow Appalachia Interviews

Interviews with John Paul Dejoria and David Cooke about Grow Appalachia’s origins and first 13 years of work in central Appalachia addressing food insecurity through home and community garden initiatives, foodways, farming, and hunger relief programming.

Planting by the Signs in Kentucky Oral History Collection, 2018-2019

Seventeen audio recorded interviews that document the practice of scheduling planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops based on moon phases and astrological signs. Interviewees were active gardeners residing in Barren, Clark, Franklin, Gallatin, Harlan, Lee, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, and Rockcastle counties.

Farming and Land Use Interviews South Arts in These Mountains Folk Arts Documentation Project

Documentation of various aspects of folk arts and culture in the central Appalachian counties of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

Stonewall Jackson Dam Removal

Interviews documenting the experience of Lewis County, West Virginia residents forced to leave their homes by the construction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Stonewall Jackson Flood Control Dam.

Tucker County, West Virginia Flood

Interviews documenting the experience of survivors of the 1985 Tucker County, West Virginia flood.

Gas Rush Interviews (Fracking)

Interviews documenting the wide spectrum of citizen opinion about natural gas extraction (Fracking /

hydraulic fracturing) in Northcentral West Virginia mainly during 2014 and 2015.

Grundy Virginia Floods

Interviews mainly during the late 1990s with Grundy, Virginia residents, Army Corps of Engineers employees, and community planners in connection with the development of a flood control plan in response to the severe flooding of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River in 1977