This week, Around Here: The Places Project has been at the Grundy County Fair collecting stories of people’s important places.

mshea-1Halie Monroe

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 a Mellon Fellow with the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies.  The Places Project research assistant is Halie Monroe, a recent graduate of Grundy County High School who begins her college career in August at Motlow State.

As stated on the project website:

“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 and the valley that surrounds it.”

Stop by and share your important place at the Grundy County Fair (August 11 -13 in Gruetli-Laager, TN), or find out about other ways to share the stories of your important places here: https://theplacesproject.org/participate-in-the-places-project/.

Follow the project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theplacesproject/