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

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) The South has a rich tradition of folk literature that draws upon oral tradition and colorful language for its substance. Legends, folk history, songs, foodways, customs, and unique dialects permeate the ghost stories … Read more

Tales From the Mill Villages

Tales From the Mill Villages Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) The Folklore and oral traditions from the mill villages are rapidly changing as the they go the way of the coal camps in the mountains. Storytelling itself, the connective tissue of the community, has been … 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

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

Trotting Sally: The Roots and Legacy of a Folk Hero

Trotting Sally: The Roots and Legacy of a Folk Hero Presented by John Fowler. **John Fowler requests an additional honorarium to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. This lecture is based on one of South Carolina’s premiere folk legends. John blends his powerful storytelling and traditional musical talents to share the interesting life-story of one … Read more

Where’d You Come From, Where’d You Go?

Where’d You Come From, Where’d You Go? Presented by John Fowler. **John Fowler requests an additional honorarium to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. A program that celebrates our heritage with stories and music from around the world. John’s retelling of African and European fables & folktales is a delightful presentation that connects the past … 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