The posts on the main page of this website appear in the order that the interviews and editing were completed and are not grouped by subject, locale, etc. Our vision is that you can peruse these features as you might flip through a quality magazine, stopping to read (or listen or watch) anything that catches your interest. At the bottom of each page, you can click on “older posts” to go to the next page of features.
To find posts about specific subjects or communities or to find an interview with a specific person, just look down the list of categories on the right side of each page and click on any of the links that apply. You’ll be taken directly to that post.
We set up separate pages for subjects that had numerous posts and interviews, such as gold mining, the railroad, etc. To access the features on those pages, just click on the appropriate tab from those at the top of the main page. (Unfortunately, links to those posts are not included in the categories list that appears on the righthand side of each page.)
We have found that the “search” function on this site works very well. Just type in a key word in the search box that appears alongside the page tabs.
If you have a slower internet connection and have trouble watching the videos on the site, try this: Click the “start” button to begin playing the video. Then immediately click the “pause” button. You will see a light gray line moving across the progress bar at the bottom of the video box. When that gray line has advanced all the way to the end of the progress bar, click “play” again. The video should be fully loaded and therefore will not stutter or stop as you watch. (The longer the video, the longer the loading process will take.)
To listen to any of our audio interviews, click on the light gray media player provided in the post. Some of the longer audio clips will take just a moment or two to load. You’ll see the word “connecting” while that is taking place.
To access any of the written attachments in PDF format, click on the link provided. You can then scroll through however many pages are included in the attachment.
We’ve turned off the “comments” feature on all the individual posts and pages for administrative reasons, but if you have a comment, we’d love to hear from you. Just go to the “About the Project” page and then to the “contact” section.
We hope this information has been useful. Enjoy exploring McDowell County Oral History!