The Center for Folklore Studies was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Global Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme to support the spring 2020 Ohio Field School in Perry County, Ohio. This award is renewable for a second course offering upon a satisfactory review (for a total of $30,000 and two years of support).
Students enrolled in the spring 2020 Ohio Field School course will have the opportunity to conduct service-learning projects in collaboration with community partners in Perry County, Ohio over spring break. Students will engage in service-learning projects that collaborate with local grassroots founders and seasoned leaders in Perry County to digitize organizational documents (planning documents, financial records, grant proposals, final reports, etc.) of up to four local organizations, and conduct interviews with at least four local and emerging leaders. As a regular part of their requirements for the class, students of the Ohio Field School produce documentation that becomes part of the Ohio Field School Collection at CFS' Folklore Archives (which is available to the general public) as well as pre-determined local archives in Perry County.