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The Elders of Camp Hill | An Oral History of an Appalachian Community

Dr. Jennifer Wood Adams participated in an oral history project with the citizens of Camp Hill, Ala.  (Click photos for larger views.  Excerpts from the video.)


"PACERS' received a matching grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to create 'Celebrating Appalachian Communities,' a community documentation program in Camp Hill, Ala., and Section, Ala," said Adams.  "The year-long project resulted in local documentation through music, graphic arts, videography, photography and local celebrations. The project aimed to foster civic engagement by young people and to strengthen school and community collaboration."


PACERS is "the PACERS Cooperative, an informal association of thirty schools representative of rural Alabama."


"I helped the Camp Hill students shoot and produce the elder interview video," said Adams. "The still images were shot by students under the direction of professional photographer Andrew Goetz and Larry Long worked with students and community members to write the songs you hear in the video."


"The Alex City paper wrote two stories about the Camp Hill Celebration. Visit Camp Hill Celebrates Documentation Project and A Story of Hope in Camp Hill," said Adams.


The video below is 38 minutes long and well worth the view.  Photos, interviews, songs from local children ... and more all add up to make an enjoyable video.


For more information visit or the PACERS' Facebook page.


Dr. Adams is an Associate Professor and the Journalism Program Director in the Department of Communication and Journalism. She is also a College of Liberal Arts Engaged Scholar.


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Tags: Appalachian Communities, Camp Hill, Jennifer Adams, PACERS


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