Festival of Oral History and Folklore

The Mathews Memorial Library will play host to several events as a part of the Festival of Oral History and Folklore set to talk place Oct. 22-25. (Frances HubbardDaily Press, Daily Press / October 13, 2014)

The Mathews Memorial Library will play host to several events as a part of the Festival of Oral History and Folklore set to talk place Oct. 22-25. (Frances HubbardDaily Press, Daily Press / October 13, 2014)

The Festival of Oral History and Folklore will be held October 22nd-25th in Mathews, VA. The festival is co-sponsored by the Mathews County Historical Society, Middlesex Historical Society and the Samuel Proctor Program in Oral History at the University of Florida. VFH provided funding for the initial collection of 25 oral histories by Jessica Taylor, an oral history professor with the University of Florida.

There will be a panel discussion with several nationally recognized experts  in the field of oral history and folklore (including Jon Lohman – director of VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program) Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Mathews Memorial Library. Topics discussed will include oral history and folklore as they relate to Mathews and Middlesex.

Scheduled interviews will take place in both Mathews and Middlesex during the week. “Walk-in” oral history interviews by the professional interviewers will be conducted beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 24th.

On Saturday, October 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a workshop and training program led by professionals from the Samuel Proctor Program in Oral History at the University of Florida.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Forrest Morgan at 804-725-3121 or 804-306-3558.