IamA Executive Director of Foxfire, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and documentation of Southern Appalachian Culture. AMA!


**My short bio:** T.J. SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
T.J. is Foxfire’s executive director and oversees the management of the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, THE FOXFIRE MAGAZINE, The Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning, and THE FOXFIRE BOOK series. He holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and previously served on the humanities faculty at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Georgia Perimeter College. T.J.’s research interests center around the ways that folklore and public history intersect with social justice and economic development.

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  • Is there still pockets of people there doing their own thing? In the 70s, was it easier to find those older folks with that knowledge from generations past of homestead living?

    I love the foxfire series. Thank you.

  • I have gotten a great respect for the folks the Foxfire series was written about. I just wanted to say thank you for publishing this great information.

    Do you still keep in touch with the folks you wrote about? Them or their kin :0)

  • What do outsiders most frequently misunderstand about mountain/hillbilly/appalachian culture?

  • What is Southern Appalachian culture and why is it worth preserving?

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  • What are some of your favorite stories from doing this work? Are there any particular people that stick out in your mind? What skills have you learned/studied that you enjoy telling others about because of the way you were taught?

  • What are some things that you have found all of the people who you’ve asked about thier experiences shared? Any common trends or reoccurring ideas?

  • Thank you to everyone who stopped by. I hope to host one of these again some time. I’m not sure how this all works, but I believe you’ll be able to post questions after the live AMA. If so, I will check in from time to time to respond.

  • Hi! I am a former foxfire magazine alum. I volunteered and worked for foxfire all four years of highschool and I still visit the museum every once in a while, but I don’t receive a subscription to the magazine. My question is how is the magazine going these days and are there any plans for it in the future?

  • I’ve read the entire collection (including the 40th and 45th anniversary books). Will there be more published? Have y’all considered interviewing younger people? Or how technology has impacted lifestyles and which traditions haven’t been altered by technology? Reading those books made me realize how much consumerism has changed us.

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