Storytelling Archive

Honoring Local Women’s Stories: Storytelling and Oral History Event at the McElroy House

    Growing up in an intergenerational family with my grandmother in the home, family gatherings and daily life were filled with stories about the lives of people who had long since passed on. Likewise, the landscape was marked by these stories. I knew that my grandfather made a home on what is now a
Category: Arkansas

Friday Video: Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project

This week’s Friday Video highlights the work of Highlander Research and Education Center’s Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project. This program brings together cultural organizers from around the south to learn from other grassroots organizations and develop strategies for their home communities. Drawing from local cultures, participants gain skills to help them better advocate for community
Category: Arkansas

Community Singings and Square Dances: Muzzled Oxen Part 3

If you’ve been reading this column lately you’re familiar with our regular features on the recently published book, Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. Published by Butler Center Books, a branch of the Central Arkansas Library system, this three hundred fifty page memoir documents the stories of Genevieve Grant Sadler, a
Category: African American History

Prayer Shawls and Homemade Quilts

  In the corner of my living room closet is a stack of handmade quilts, blankets, and throws. Some of them come from great grandmothers and were made generations ago in the rural areas of Harkey Valley and Cardon Bottoms. Others were made during my own lifetime in small homes in the growing town of
Category: Arkansas

Meet the Growers: Violet Bullock

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that for the past year the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action has been working on something we’re calling the Garden Book Project. This book will feature the stories of area growers both old and young. More than just a directory or
Category: Arkansas

Womens’ Stories, A Midwifes Tale, and Intergenerational Listening

Back when I was an undergraduate at UCA, one of my history professor’s required us to read the Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary 1785-182. The book later inspired a PBS series of the same name. Published in 1990 by historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, the
Category: Arkansas

Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology

In April of this year the University of Arkansas press released the book Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology. A collection of writings by Ozark authors both past and present, this compilation features a mixture of both fiction and non fiction pieces and pays homage to the 1981 publication, Ozark, Ozark: A Hillside Reader. Compiled by
Category: Animals

Meet the Growers: James Obie Woods

This is part of our ongoing series profiling regional growers as part of the McElroy’s House’s Garden Book Project to be released this spring. Go here to learn more!  The temperatures are growing cooler and gardens will enter their dormant phase to prepare for the birth of spring. At the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural
Category: African American

Pure Sound: Guy Lancaster on Discovering and Making Didgeridoos

Contributor Guy Lancaster talks music, meditation, land use, and anarchy is this beautiful piece about making and playing didgeridoos.
Category: Arkansas

Pies for Pavement Event October 17th: Stories from Pie Makers

Recently this column touched on the importance of regional baking traditions. At the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action, myself and Marie Williams have been working on a series of events highlighting the stories of a few of our region’s local pie makers to be featured in our Pies for Pavement
Category: Arkansas