Rural Issues Archive

Medgar Evers, Mississippi Martyr.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column 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. You can read previous columns here.  In 1963 civil right activist and NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers
Category: African American

Reflections on Rowher by Jessica Yamane

The Rowher Relocation Centerwas one of  the two WWII era internment camps built in Arkansas to imprison Japanese Americans forced from the west coast due to so-called “military necessity.” According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History, from September 18, 1942, to November 30, 1945, the Rowher and Jerome camps housed over 16,000 Japanese Americans. It was one
Category: Arkansas

Ozarks Quartz Silica Mines and Fracking in Izard County, Arkansas

Yesterday Ozarks at Large aired a recent piece by Jacqueline Froelich exploring strip mining in the north central Ozarks and its connection to fracking and the natural gas industry in Arkansas. Also known as “fracked sand,” this form of mining isn’t for coal but rather the thick deposits of quartz sand, critical to unconventional natural gas
Category: Arkansas

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

Early Documentation from Sulphur Springs

It’s been several months since we put out a call looking for stories from Sulphur Springs, a former resort community located near Harkey Valley in Yell County. There’s not much there now except a few houses and a cemetery, but in the late 1800s and early 1900s the healing springs attracted wealthy men and women
Category: Arkansas

MACS Students Discuss Cultural Sustainability and Social Justice at the American Folklore Society Meeting, 2012

This past week we attended (and presented–we’ll have more on that soon) at the annual American Folklore Society Meeting. For the next few days we’ll be recapping/ruminating upon some of the talks and discussions as well as sharing information about a few of the amazing people we met and the inspiring work they’re doing in
Category: Community Action

Meeting the Chickens, an update on the McElroy House Garden Book Project

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column 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 here on the blog.  In past columns I’ve discussed the work at the McElroy House: Organization for
Category: Arkansas

The Seed and the Story: A Changing Landscape and the Creation of Lake Dardanelle

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column 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.  Thanks so much for reading! Lake Dardanelle is one the region’s largest tourist attractions.  With numerous opportunities
Category: Uncategorized

Friday Video: Uprising of ’34

Today’s Friday Video tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a little-known strike involving thousands of cotton mills workers during the Great Depression. The Uprising of 34  puts forth the question, “How could such a pivotal moment in American history be kept a secret for 60 years?” Produced by George Stoney, Judith Helfrand, and
Category: Uncategorized

The Outport as Penurb: Debating the Idea of Rural by Nic Hartmann

Today’s post comes from our regular contributor, Nic Hartmann, a folklorist and PhD candidate at  Memorial University of Newfoundland. Building on his last post exploring concepts of rethinking community, Hartman explores the term “Penurb” and penurbia”—what scholar Joseph Goddard calls those “communities in a rural setting that are influenced by metropolitan ideas and people.” Hartman examines the role
Category: Connection to Land/Place