The project is a joint effort by the Yancey County Cultural Resource Commission and the Traditional Voices Group to record for posterity the stories and times of the people of the Toe River valley area of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. The groups pooled their efforts to obtain grants to purchase the cameras and video editing equipment for the project, which is being housed at the Yancey County Mountain Heritage Center.
As our mountain lifestyle adapts to the 21st century and the region fills with newcomers, the descendants of the old mountain families express a desire to record the traditions and stories of their parents and grandparents. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, family life, religion, farming, mining, quilting, music, community events and stories handed down through generations, depicting our rural lifestyle before the coming of the computer and big box stores.
Memory Minutes, excerpts of interviews by The Traditional Voices Group (TVG), are being presenting in our local newspaper and on local radio stations. These stories are based on interviews of people who grew up in this mountain region.