Stories Quick Index


Cannie from Wolf Mountain

Decoration Day

Livingston Kelley


Planting By the Signs

Barbara McRae

Pelham Thomas

Dogwood Crafters

Jackson County Arts Council

Matchbox Mountain

Within The Mountain Mist

Victory Casey McDonald

Legend of Kaniti & Selu

Story of Tobacco

The Rickman General Store

Grandpa Told Us Stories

Joy Philips Hoyle

Matthew Baker

David Waldrop

Stedman Mitchell

Jim Childress

Bessie Crawford

Curtis Blanton

Jim Sellers

Glenda Miller

David Ammons

Roy Owenby

Annie Lee Bryson

Nita Welsh Owneby

Aletha Watson Barker

Cowee Quilters

Howard Allman

Irene Bishop Hooper

Stories of the Cherokee

Kathryn Littlejohn

A Shoe Box Christmas

Jane Chastine

Kim Ross and the

J-Creek Cloggers

Betty Collins Brown

Leroy Carpenter

The Ammons Sisters

Susan Hirsch

Mary Jo Cobb

Martin Cook

The Inspirations

Jack Wiggins Brown

Linda’s Last Christmas   in the Mountains

Irene Bishop Hooper

R. O. Wilson

Pelham Thomas

About this collection

To see a history of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, click here.

Featured in Our State Magazine,” February, 2013

Received the 2013 Mountain Heritage Award from Western Carolina University

Spotlighted on WNCs WLOS Television, November 5 & 9, 2014

In 2008, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), a western North Carolina not-for-profit 501c3 organization, began recording "Stories of Mountain Folk," a radio program that captured interviews from local and regional people, aired weekly on local radio station WRGC through December 2015. Stories of Mountain Folk’s oral history interviews, whose orientation went from broadcast to podcast as of January 1, 2016, are now available as a specialized program for this library and archived at WCU’s Hunter Library.

 Stories of Mountain Folk explore the nature and significance of oral history and storytelling to advance the understanding of the cultures of Western North Carolina. Featuring interviews, memories, discussions and stories from Caucasian, African-American, and Cherokee people living in the Great Smoky Mountain range, the interviewers actually went into the homes of the people to assure them a “safe” place to tell their stories. With a goal to save the heritage of the area and preserve its “sense of place,” Catch the Spirit of Appalachia has now produced the largest oral history collection in Western North Carolina. Please take the time to listen to the first podcast:  Introduction of Stories of Mountain Folk.


Stories of Mountain Folk programs could not have been possible without the hard work of a team of dedicated professionals  and volunteers. Technical director/editor Neal Hearn, a professional radio personality, worked with CSAs cofounders,  Amy Ammons Garza and Doreyl Ammons Cain, to produce each program, keeping to the time restraints of a radio program format. Along with the core team, the project benefited from the volunteer efforts of all interviewers, including the Ammons sisters, Judy Rhodes, Joe Rhinehart, Robert Jumper, Shawn Crowe, Victoria A. Casey McDonald (deceased) and Mary Sue Casey—all native to WNC. Other interviewers interspersed throughout the years were interns from Western Carolina University:  Nicole Jarosinski,  Krista Robb.

Stories of Mountain Folk interviewers on banner above, left to right: Amy Ammons Garza, Doreyl Ammons Cain, Neal Hearn, Judy Rhodes, Joe Rhinehart, Shawn Crowe, Mary Sue Casey

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 Read about the history of our interviewers, click here

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