Harvest - Arkansas Roots topic
Memories of cotton picking before machines was the topic of discussion at the new Manila Historical Museum on Thursday, Oct. 29.
Mike Doyle, station manager for KASU 91.9 FM, and instructor for the ASU Department of Media, was taping a show with local residents Jack Shrable, Helen Chipman, Linda Donovan, Dale Blaylock, Otis Long, Joe Chipman and Donna Jackson. Doyle plans to do several more interviews with people from Stone and Independence Counties, before the final show airs. A tentative date of Nov. 12-13 is scheduled to air the show on Arkansas Roots. The theme of the upcoming feature is Harvest -- memories of cotton picking.
Arkansas Roots, airs from noon until 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Doyle plans to use the memories of several people bridging the gap between people of the Ozarks and the Delta. The panel gathered in Manila discussed their own memories of the families from the "hills" who came year after year to help harvest the Delta cotton. They shared passed down memories from one generation to the next.
Jackson read several excerpts from family members written in the late 1800s. The letters discussed the bountiful cotton harvest of the area.
Joe Chipman read excerpts from author John Grisham's book The Painted House. The book is set in the hand-picking harvest era in the Delta when families migrated from the hills to work in the fields.
June Taylor, broadcast production/engineer was in Manila helping with the sound/taping, as well as two ASU College of Media and Communication students. One student is from Chicago and the other one from Bangladesh. They will be assisting with the post production of the show.
In addition to the comments from the guests, Doyle will be featuring related songs written and performed by talented Arkansas musicians.
Doyle thanked the panel for taking time to share their memories. Each had unique stories from the historical ice house located in Manila, the country stores, the towns on Saturday nights, families that came year after year, and more.
The memories and stories will help preserve the true history of the Delta.
Also, a copy of the broadcast will be made and presented to the Manila Historical Museum.