Community Archive

The Seed and the Story—-Decoration Days

I have recently been given the wonderful opportunity of writing a regular column for the Post Dispatch,a weekly paper based in Dardanelle, Arkansas which is also the oldest newspaper in Arkansas.   It’s been a long-time dream of mine to contribute to this paper, and I am beyond thankful for this opportunity. I’ll be writing
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Help Helena, Arkansas win preservation funds in This Place Matters Community Challenge

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is sponsoring the This Place Matters Community Challenge wherein communities across the nation have the chance to win 25,000 to support their preservation efforts. Helena, Arkansas, located in the Delta, is one of the communities competing in this challenge.
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Garden Practice: Food, Flowers, Research, People.

It’s gardening season here in Arkansas, and both my daily life and research seem to be circling things in bloom. The tomatoes are ripe; the pole beans are taller than me, and the peppers are plentiful. I love coming home from running errands to find squash, zucchini, snow and purple hull peas on my front
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What’s In the Works ~ The McElroy House: Center for Regional Oral History and Folklife Research

After much thought and time spent wondering where to go from here, I have decided to begin the process of creating a small oral history and folklife research center in my hometown. I have included my plans and ideas for the Center listed at the bottom of this post. I welcome any feedback!
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Decoration Days and Mother’s Day—beginning research

In the next few weeks, people all around the Yell County, Arkansas area will be decorating family graves. For our family Saturday the 9th is Decoration Day at Brearley, Cottontown, and Chickelah Cemeteries. The following week is Decoration Day at Harkey’s Valley cemetery. Sandwiched in between all these Decoration Days is Mother’s Day, a time
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My Wonderful Mother: Whose Memory Do You Carry?

I am curious, whose memory do you carry in your life? Whose life and attributes do you think about when you contemplate the folklorist, activist, cultural worker type person you want to be? Let me explain why I am so curious about this. Due to the illness and recent loss of my dear and wonderful
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Election Speeches and Community Service

The last few days I have been very upset about Palin’s comments about community organizers. I feel her comments reflect she has no respect for everyday citizens who work to make this world a more just place. I firmly believe community workers and grassroots activists are the heart of a democratic nation. I found this
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Native Seeds/S*E*A*R*C*H

Just the other day my friend Dr. Kristin Dowell, an anthropologist who works with Native American communities, suggested I look into a project called Native Seeds, a seed bank and cultural memory bank based in the southwest. It am so excited about the information that I had to post about it. Native Seeds Started in
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