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Featured in “Our State Magazine,” February, 2013
Received the 2013 Mountain Heritage Award from Western Carolina University
Spotlighted on WNC’s WLOS Television, November 5 & 9, 2014
In 2008, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), a western North Carolina not-
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-
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 CSA’s 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