Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project, 2011
For my internship, I worked on the Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project. The Allen County Folklife and Oral History project is a folklife survey sponsored by the Laura Goad Turner Charitable Foundation. Over the course of the next two years, folk studies students at Western will be documenting life in Allen County and Scottsville, KY.
I was a member of the Advance Team, which meant that we went in and prepared the community for the invasion of the folklorists. We made first contact with many prominent community members, getting names and contact information together so that the project would be easier for those to come. We learned the geography of the region and introduced people to the idea of a folklife survey. Allen County is an old community, with many people having lived there for their whole lives.
In continuation of this internship, I received the Delroy Hire scholarship to do a regional lecture series involving many of the materials we gathered to give back to the community. This opportunity is great because the community members like to see products of what we're beginning. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to work on a folklife survey, as that's one of the classic jobs that go with this degree program.
Janice with fellow student Katherine Chappell.