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.

Recent Submissions

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Susan Sink, Farmer, Skinland 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kate Smith, Hairdresser, Great Clips 

    Hawes, Kelsey; Snyder, Kayce (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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • [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 ...
  • Arkeif Robinson, Student Manager, Owen's Food Court, Virginia Tech 

    Osbourne, Carlie; Riley, Kristen (2010)
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  • Sandra Ross, Receptionist, Writing Center, Virginia Tech 

    Duckett, David (2008)
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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Darrell Sheppard, Police Patrol Sergeant, Virginia Tech 

    Decker, Copley; Sachs, Landon (2011)
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  • Jennifer Pollard, Student Programs Coordinator, YMCA at Virginia Tech 

    Rosenburg, Kim (2008)
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