Dr. Michael C. Melton – 2016-2017
Piling Up Stones: A Collection of Mountain Memories and Wisdom
October 2016 Presentation:
We have a rich history and culture in central Appalachia that we have not or very rarely promoted to the world outside our hills. With the inevitability of time, we are losing members of our “Greatest Generation” as Tom Brokaw coined the term. It is our belief that it is imperative that we collect this oral and pictorial history as accurately as we can before we allow more of our history and culture to disappear. The goal is to conduct interviews with members of our local community that lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the industrialization of the 1950s, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, etc. and share stories, memories, and wisdoms from their lives in a documentary format.