Ever since the Foxfire series of books began back in the 1970s, recording the memories of older members of a community about traditional life has become a popular way to document aspects of a region's folk culture.
This presentation is the results of Susan Young’s project to record the lives of Madison County women men at the Madison County Senior Center, in Huntsville Arkansas. Here, in their own words, are their recollections.
The common threads of family devotion, a strong work ethic, courage in the face of loneliness, and an abiding faith in the Lord are woven throughout these stories.
Another belief that echoed from each person was that their life was "nothing special."
Says Susan, “Oh, how I beg to differ.” Once you see this presentation, you’ll agree that these women are special, and they’ll remind you of friends and neighbors who you love and respect.
This presentation kicks off the Community Scholar Oral History training that will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Doniphan Community Center. Event details for that are here.
Susan Young is the outreach coordinator at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, a position she has held since 1994. Susan is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a fifth-generation Ozarker.
She is the author of So Big, This Little Place, a history of the founding of Tontitown, Arkansas, and the editor of Memories I Can't Let Go Of, a collection of life stories from Tontitown, Arkansas.
Susan serves on the boards of the Arkansas Historical Association and the Ozark Folk Cultural Center Commission.
Her Ozark history interests include traditional folkways, religion and cemeteries.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, genealogy and birdwatching.