I’ve been teaching a course on Appalachian Folklore this semester. For the first time ever, i’ve partnered with the GMU Center for Field Studies to provide a one-week residential field school in Morgan County, WV from May 20-27. Eight students will be joining me for a week in the Mountain State. We’ll be doing an ethnographic map of the county seat, a series of participant-observations, and I nearly a dozen oral history interviews with local residents.
The purpose of the field school is two-fold: to get students into the very place they’ve been studying all semester and give them the opportunity to conduct community-based research that will be archived locally (in the Berkeley Springs Museum and the West Virginia & Regional History Collection at WVU).
I will be blogging on our adventures throughout the field school I please feel free to follow our progress and post comments on what I hope will be an outstanding learning experience for the students (and me).