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Capturing Oral History: More Important Than Ever

Picturing The Past  


Last updated 1/7/2021 at 2:43pm

Lewis Smith (Courtesy of Kimberly S. Howell and Ian Sanders)

We cannot dismiss the value of the oral history that still fills these mountains, if we dare to ask, dare to listen. As my father, Keith Parker, and I wrote to "Stand on Solid Ground: A Civil War Novel Based on Real People and Events," we not only based the story on historical documents and records, but a wealth of the story's personal touches are reflections of oral history. Personal interactions and interviews with descendants of individuals whose ancestors founded and built this community helped paint a more vivid picture. Mary Galyon, now 93, whose genealogical research offered deep ins...

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