A new website, up and running

We’ve been hinting for months about turning the interviews and photos you’ve seen here into a more complete story about the river. Here it is, the Yadkin River Story, at http://yadkinriverstory.org/. I am also pleased to announce the opening Sept. 18 of an exhibit of Christine’s photographs at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in downtown Yadkinville.

We had a lot of help with the site. First of all, we couldn’t have moved beyond the blog without the support of the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem Forsyth County and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. And we could never have built the site without Amanda King, at M Creative, a design firm in Winston-Salem. She understood immediately how to make the project come alive on the web. And her taste is flawless. Finally, Michelle Johnson, the multimedia editor at the Winston-Salem Journal, embraced the project and turned my raw interviews into poetry.

I have worked with Michelle for years, and know her near obsessive attention to detail. We gave her the raw files for about a dozen interviews and sound we recorded at baptisms and at Donnaha Park. Michelle listened. “Wonderful stories,” she told us. But the sound quality, well, it was not up to her standards. So this spring and summer we recorded interviews a second and in some cases a third time. We turned off ceiling fans. We locked the dogs outside. We waited for the traffic to pass.  In Michelle’s way of taking oral history nothing should distract from the pure sound of a voice. When you get to the website you’ll hear what I mean. Michelle spent her weekends in July and August – probably June too, but who’s counting – editing sound and mixing the audio stories with Christine’s images. Thank you Michelle for getting it so right.

Thank you, most of all, to all of you who shared your stories with us. I hope you’ll take some time to explore the site and join us on the 18th at the arts center in Yadkinville.

Phoebe

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~ by yadkinriverstory on August 31, 2010.

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