Storytelling Archive

Southern Stories: Campaign for Racial Equality

[This letter was written as a part of the Other Arkansas collective and represents a myriad of voices. A shortened version of this letter was submitted to the Courier newspaper. Please join us THIS Saturday in Dardanelle for a community event and please consider signing your name to this letter and asking others to do the
Category: African American History

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

Summer Reading Series: Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America’s Future

This week’s column continues the summer reading series, a look at books—both recent and decades old—that shed light on history and everyday life in central Arkansas. Published this year by the University of Arkansas Press, Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America’s Future is a look at the the importance of the DREAM ACT and
Category: Arkansas

Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action:Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro.

A recent book published by the University of Arkansas Press, Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro, follows the work of the Greensboro, North Carolina Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a citizen led initiative exploring the events of November of 1979 when five Greensboro protesters were shot and killed by the Ku Klux
Category: a. Slider

Friday Video: “Everything is Much Vaster Than You Can Realize, Really.” James Baldwin Interview

We came across this amazing interview with James Baldwin on Youtube. Unfortunately we don’t know where or when it originally aired or the name of the interviewer. If you do know, please pass the information along and we’ll include it! Baldwin discusses the inspiration behind his writing, the inexplicable connections between deep suffering and true
Category: Friday Videos

Recipes and Stories

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 on the Boiled Down Juice. This week the paper is running the regular column as well
Category: Animals

Little Rock Stories Collaborative Training Event

A few months ago we posted about Little Rock Stories, a group working to document and share stories to help strengthen the Little Rock community. “We want people to share experiences and connect with others,” reads their project overview statement,”strengthening ties across the city and showing what their neighborhoods need to thrive.” Initially the group
Category: Arkansas

Series on Poverty to Air on Ozarks at Large

Arkansas is a financially poor state, and always has been. Whether we’re talking about sustainable economies or cultural concepts, this fact forms the undercurrent of much of what we post here at the Boiled Down Juice. Since the 1960s Arkansas has ranked among the poorest states in the country (for example, see our recent posts
Category: Uncategorized

Friday Video: Activist Larry Gibson: An American Hero Remebered

Today’s Friday Video is taken from the film, YERT (Your Environmental Roadtrip), a a sustainable solutions documentary produced by Ben Evans in the Spring of 2008. One of the people featured in the film was environmental activist Larry Gibson, a staunch advocate against mountain top removal. Gibson  passed away this past week at the age
Category: Uncategorized

Seed Broadcast from Conway, Arkansas.

A few months ago we posted about the mobile Seed Broadcast Unit coming to Conway, Arkansas to document Seed Stories and the role of heirloom plants in community life. A few stories from Conway are now available online, including Brian Campbell discussing CAAH, Bryan Mader discussing the Community Market in Russellville, Michael McHaffley discussing his desire
Category: Uncategorized