McElroy House Archive

Pies for Pavement and the Creation of the McElroy House Community Center

Food says a lot about who we are and where we’ve been. And if you’re a regular reader of this column, you know I often talk about how stories are passed down in families and communities. In many ways food and stories are inseparable. And in this region marked by the foothills of the Ozarks,
Category: Arkansas

Low Impact Design: How Can We Implement It and Why Does It Matter?

This past week I had the chance to speak with Jeffrey Huber of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, an outreach program of the School of Architecture. I contacted the Center to learn more about how everyday people can utilize principles of low impact design and, specifically, what we can do at the McElroy
Category: Arkansas

Voices of Intergenerational Gardening: Grandfather and Grandson Talk Seeds and Harvest on Ozarks at Large

You may recall a recent Seed and the Story column about grandfather and grandson Whitney Wills and Bryan Mader who’ve been gardening together on a small backyard plot in Dardanelle, Arkansas. The column was written in partnership with our sister organization, the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action as part of the ongoing
Category: Arkansas

Community News Columns and Resource Sharing: Harmony Gardens and Manna House

Update: Harmony Gardens will be hosting a community-wide work day and learning event Saturday June 8th, 2013! Come to the event and… Get your hand in the dirt and plant some seeds, flowers, etc…  Learn how to have your own garden Mulch, so easy to do Weed and learn grass control tips  Adopt you own
Category: Arkansas

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

Here 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
Category: Arkansas

Farm to Table and “Southern Foodways as Cultural Memory and Everyday Resistance.”

This post is part of our weekly “The Seed and the Story” series, a partnership with the Courier newspaper and the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History and Community Action.  Did you have a chance to attend the CAAH (Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage) Pope County Seed Swap last Saturday? We had a wonderful time
Category: Arkansas

Humans, Animals, Land: Camaraderie Birdtown, Arkansas.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column written by Boiled Down Juice editor Meredith Martin-Moats exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and on the Boiled Down Juice. Topics included in
Category: Animals

Stories and Movement from Arkansas and Beyond: Blogging for Human Rights Day, Partnership with the Ella Baker Center

Earlier this month the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights put out a call for writers, site administrators, and bloggers around the nation to come together on Monday December 10th, Human Rights Day, for an event they titled “Blogging for Human Rights Day — a one day blog carnival to shed light on human rights abuses and
Category: Arkansas

Arkansas Master Naturalists, River Valley Chapter, Butterflies, and Bioregions.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community action in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and syndicated in the Courier and here on the Boiled Down Juice.  As part of our ongoing research at the McElroy Organization
Category: Animals

Sustainable Growing in the Region

I recently returned from the American Folklore Society Conference in New Orleans where I had the opportunity to spend time with, and learn from, numerous other cultural workers from around the world. I also had the chance to speak about the work we’re doing here in central Arkansas and all the amazing stories and people
Category: Arkansas