Rosanne Short, featured contributor, will sign copies of new Foxfire book at Saturday festival

Rosanne Short, featured contributor, will sign copies of new Foxfire book at Saturday festivalRosanne Short, the Gainesville campus director for nonresidential programs and student support and contributor to The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book: Signin´, Praisin´, Raisin´ will be signing books at the book release event on from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Foxfire-Mountaineer Festival in Clayton, Ga. The Foxfire´s 45th anniversary book includes a piece Short wrote that recounts her experiences as a Foxfire student and how she uses that experience to teach college-level interpersonal communication in Brenau´s online curriculum.

The Foxfire project, a model in experiential education and oral history, began in the 1960s when Eliot Wigginton, a teacher at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, began a writing project based on his students” collecting oral histories from local residents and writing them up. That led to production of a magazine and an iconic series of books that touch all aspects of culture and customs of life southern Appalachia as well as the folklore and oral history of local residents. Short´s grandmother was a regular contact source for Foxfire, and she´s featured in articles about quilt-making and cooking. The oral histories, articles and recipes in the Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery, Short said, “are priceless reminders of days watching her make bread, can beans, make pickles and wonderful hot biscuits filled with a thick slice of a homegrown tomato still warm from the garden.”

Monday, September 26, 2011