Oral History Radio: Life in the Logging Woods, Dynamiting Graves, and Bonaparte Rutledge

IMG_0015Here at the Boiled Down Juice we share a close partnership with the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action, a small-scale participatory research, media, and outreach program operating in central Arkansas, particularly Pope and Yell Counties.

A big part of our work is grounded in community-based media, oral history and storytelling across generations. If you follow the Seed and the Story column you may recall recent pieces highlighting life in the timber woods and conversations with J.L. Martin and Bud Rector:

“Visiting with Bud Rector,” Seed and the Story column for January 25, 2012.

“In the Logging Woods,” The Seed and the Story March 23, 2013.


We recently produced two radio oral history pieces for the Ozarks at Large program on KUAF 91.3 FM, National Public Radio out of Fayetteville, Arkansas that highlight conversations with Rector and Martin. We produce these pieces for the community and attempt to make them as accessible as possible, encouraging inter-generational conversations and research.

If you live in or near central Arkansas (or if you just want to come stay for a while) we’d love to have you join us. Learn more about our work here . If you’d like to talk more, please contact us here.  We’re a totally volunteer run organization and we’d love your support.


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