History: Produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Stories of Mountain Folk is a professional program featuring storytelling and interviews from Caucasian, African-American, and Cherokee people living in Western North Carolina. Six interviewers—Amy Ammons Garza, Doreyl Ammons Cain, Judy Rhodes, Joe Rhinehart, Mary Sue Casey, and Shawn Crowe— actually go into the homes of the people to assure them a “safe” place to tell their stories. Announcing and production is done by radio personality Neal Hearn. The group has documented the heritage of their area with over 400 programs of 4 interviews each, broadcasting them on WRGC local radio & online for 7 1/2 years, and then archiving them through Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library in the library’s first sound collection. The program has now produced the largest oral history collection in Western North Carolina. (Website: storiesofmountainfolk.com)
Now in the 12th year, Stories of Mountain Folk is a PODCAST that can be found atwww.storiesofmountainfolk.com and on iTunes. Some of the recent podcasts are: Decoration Day in the Mountains; Cakewalks in the Mountains; Planting by the Signs; Cannie From Wolf Mountain; Livingston Kelly of Sylva, Dogwood Crafters Celebrates 40 years, Jackson County Arts Council....
Winners of the 2013 Mountain Heritage Award from Western Carolina University, The Ammons Sisters and Catch the Spirit of Appalachia are represented as traditional artists on the The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area website- a part of North Carolina, Appalachian, Cherokee and American History—truly a region with a "personality" like no other.
2013 — Catch the Spirit of Appalachia Board of Directors With WCU Chancellor—Winners of the Mountain Heritage Award from Western Carolina University.