Around Here: The Places Project is the community-based research project of Margo Shea and her students at Sewanee: the University of the South. Margo, a public historian, is the Mellon Fellow, from 2015-2017, with the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies.
We hope that this project can make people’s history visible and share-able. We aim to create a living archive of place from a diverse array of community members’ perspectives — from the seventh generation local to the newly arrived student. We believe it will serve as a tool for grant-writing, environmental stewardship and conversations about cultural and historic similarities and differences among groups who share this mountain
Around Here takes one important step toward discovering how our shared love of this place, along with our diverse knowledge and experiences, can make this mountain flourish.