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Stories of Mountain Folk interviewers left to right: Amy Ammons Garza, Doreyl Ammons Cain, Neal Hearn, Judy Rhodes, Joe Rhinehart, Shawn Crowe, Mary Sue Casey  

  

Featured in “Our State Magazine,” February, 2013

Received the 2013 Mountain Heritage Award from Western Carolina University

Spotlighted on WNC’s WLOS Television, November 5 & 9, 2014 

 

In 2008, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), a western North Carolina not-for-profit 501c3 organization, began recording "Stories of Mountain Folk," a radio program that captured interviews from local and regional people, aired weekly on local radio station WRGC through December 2015. Stories of Mountain Folk’s oral history interviews, whose orientation went from broadcast to podcast as of January 1, 2016, are now being produced as specialized programs for podcast listeners, available through iTunes, on the Stories of Mountain Folk website, and archived at WCU’s Hunter Library.

 

Stories of Mountain Folk explore the nature and significance of oral history and storytelling to advance the understanding of the cultures of Western North Carolina. Featuring interviews, memories, discussions and stories from Caucasian, African-American, and Cherokee people living in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Interviewers actually go into the homes of the people to assure them a “safe” place to tell their stories.  With a goal to save the heritage of the area and preserve its “sense of place,” Catch the Spirit of Appalachia has now produced the largest oral history collection in Western North Carolina. Please take the time to listen to the first podcast:  Introduction of Stories of Mountain Folk.

              

Stories of Mountain Folk programs could not have been possible without the hard work of a team of dedicated professionals,  and volunteers. Technical director/editor Neal Hearn, a professional radio personality, worked with CSA’s cofounders,  Amy Ammons Garza and Doreyl Ammons Cain, to produce each program, keeping to the time restraints of a radio program format. Along with the core team, the project benefited from the volunteer efforts of all interviewers, including the Ammons sisters, Judy Rhodes, Joe Rhinehart, Robert Jumper, Shawn Crowe, Victoria A. Casey McDonald (deceased) and Mary Sue Casey—all native to WNC. 

 

 

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