Jack Tales from the Richard Chase Collection

Jack Tales from the Richard Chase Collection Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) In 1983, while working as a scholar-in-residence for the Tennessee Committee for the Humanities, Dr. Williams had the opportunity to travel around the mountains with Richard Chase, the famous Jack Tale collector. During … Read more

How To Collect Your Community Stories

How To Collect Your Community Stories Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) This presentation focuses on Oral History and its value to a community. Dr. Williams will share stories from two projects which he directed: the Appalachian Oral History Project and the Great Smoky Mountains Project. … Read more

Stories From Our Mountain Heritage

Stories From Our Mountain Heritage Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) An entertaining storyteller, Dr. Williams portrays the characters from folk tales collected from Appalachian migrants in Cincinnati, Ohio. He highlights the migrants’ deep-seated sense of place as he recreates characters in Appalachian dialect. Especially moving … Read more

Historic Rural Construction

Historic Rural Construction Presented by Nicholas Gambrell. Nick Gambrell’s passion has long been historic rural construction of the region. The lecture will cover building styles, construction methods & ranges from farmhouses to log cabins. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Silas Butts: The Legacy of a Moonshiner

Silas Butts: The Legacy of a Moonshiner Presented by Nicholas Gambrell. This lecture looks at the interesting concept of history vs. memory using the microhistory of one man’s legacy. Silas Butts was a moonshiner in Oconee County who also ran a grist mill and an unofficial orphanage. But people remember him differently- either as a … Read more

Appalachian Stories and Songs

Appalachian Stories and Songs Presented by John Fowler. **John Fowler requests an additional honorarium to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. A combination of traditional and personal stories with music presentation on banjo, guitar, fiddle, harmonica and spoons. This program is a celebration of Southern Appalachian culture and influences. John draws on his roots presenting … Read more