Community History, Music, & Radio in Kentucky's Cumberland Plateau
Sound Fellow, William Sears' "Community History" approach to understanding work, education, religion, and social life though the under-documented music making traditions in Knox, Whitley, Laurel, and McCreary Counties in Kentucky.
From 2005-2016, the Sound Archives Fellowship program supported both the scholarly use of Berea's non-commercial audio / video collections and the conducting of cultural documentation projects that produced new material for future research use.
An elementary school music teacher, age 60, a singer and dulcimer/guitar player. She is of particular interest for her large song repertoire, many of which were current at home and at church during her Whitley County childhood.
Retired teacher and minister, age 85, a fiddler, guitar player, and singer. He is
of particular interest for his dual repertoire of Kentucky tunes and western swing that he learned during military related travels.