Talking About Work: Oral Histories of People Living or Working in Montgomery County, Virginia, 2006-2011

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These oral histories were conducted by students in HUM 2504: Introduction to American Studies, taught by Dr. Emily Satterwhite. Student interviewers crafted questions about interviewees’ upbringing, employment experiences, and perceptions of the American Dream. Students then conducted the interviews and shaped portions of the interviewees’ transcribed comments into lively narrative versions.

These stories help chronicle the histories of Blacksburg, Montgomery County, and the interconnected surrounding areas. Publishing this material helps to bring the students’ work with their community partners back to the community, enabling local people to claim and share their own histories.

All related materials are archived in the Special Collections Department, Newman Library, Virginia Tech. A Finding Aid is available to the physical collection, Ms 2012-005. Professional researchers interested in additional information about the interviewees may contact Special Collections regarding access to restricted files.

Special thanks go to University Archivist Tamara Kennelly, VTechWorks manager Nathan Hall, and undergraduate students Rachael Seiler, Susan Nguyen, and Amber Lee for their assistance with this project.

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  • Jared Stowers, Customer Service Associate, Lowe's
    McLaughlin, Jimmy (2008)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Bobbie Sue Blevins, Manager, Mangia! Italian Restaurant, D2 at Dietrick Hall, Virginia Tech
    Wright, Jenna; Sturgeon, Kylie (2010)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Brian Soyars, Shift Manager, Burger King
    Ramsey, Jason (2010)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • David Battreall, Bartender, Sharkey's Wing & Rib Joint
    Eike, Kevin; Davis, Nathan (2010)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Donald Walker, Complex Director, Slusher Hall, Virginia Tech
    Hart, Bo (2010)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Aimee Vero, Sales Associate, Tech Bookstore
    Vu, Dorothy (2010)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Ross Blount, Funeral Director, McCoy Funeral Home
    Fields, Carmen; Forlini, Antonio (2011)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Linda Thomas, House Cleaner, Self-Employed
    Ruby, Brett; Whitlow, Cait (2011)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Anna Weber-Wakelam, Waitress, Awful Arthur's
    Hodges, Jessica; Shipman, Vanessa (2010)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Susan Sink, Farmer, Sinkland Farms
    Griffin, Ashley (2010)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Steven Swannell, Operations Manager, Owens Food Court, Virginia Tech
    Beckham, Torria (2008)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • [Anonymous], First Cook, West End Market, Virginia Tech
    Whaley, Rachel (2008)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Carl Banks, Shift Supervisor, McDonald's
    Brown, Josh (2008)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Arkeif Robinson, Student Manager, Owen's Food Court, Virginia Tech
    Osbourne, Carlie; Riley, Kristen (2010)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Anonymous, Driver, Safe Ride, Virginia Tech
    McNabb, Lucas (2008)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Darrell Sheppard, Police Patrol Sergeant, Virginia Tech
    Decker, Copley; Sachs, Landon (2011)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Sandra Ross, Receptionist, Writing Center, Virginia Tech
    Duckett, David (2008)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Josh Robbs, Senior Data Reductionist, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    Tressler, Kate (2008)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Mely Pritchard, Food Production Manager, Cinnabon, Virginia Tech
    Yamine, John (2008)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.
  • Jennifer Pollard, Student Programs Coordinator, YMCA at Virginia Tech
    Rosenburg, Kim (2008)
    Oral histories of people living or working in Montgomery, County Virginia, were conducted by students of Dr. Emily Satterwhite's HUM 2504 Introduction to American Studies class from 2006 to 2011. Each submission contains a transcript of the interview and a narrative that students created based on the transcript. Some submissions include a paper in which the student reflects on the interview experience.