7:15PM — Latham Ballroom, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Roddy Moore, Director, Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, Ferrum College
Join the director of the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum as he explores the cultural landscape of the Blue Ridge.
Friday, March 23rd at the Virginia Tech Conference Center. 7:15 to 8:15
Roddy Moore was born in Roanoke VA and raised in southern WV. He graduated from Virginia Tech, with majors in both Colonial American History and Rural Sociology. While in Blacksburg, he was one of the founders of “Books, Strings and Things”–a coffee house, book and record store. Before graduate school, he worked at Colonial Williamsburg, first as an apprentice gunsmith, and later running the conservation lab in the archaeology department. Moore did graduate work at Cooperstown program in Folklore and Folklife at the State University of New York College at Oneonta in Cooperstown, NY. He also worked at Mountain Empire Community College in Wise County and for the past 40+ years, has been the Director of the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum (The State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore and Folklife) at Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA.
The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum projects and exhibits:
Car Crazy: Racing and Rodding in Southwest VA, working with Brian Katen of VPI + SU / Moonshine: Blue Ridge Style / VA Rocks: The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth / The Virginia Traditions Recording Series that has been accepted into the Folkways Record Series + the Smithsonian Institute. Two of the nine recordings in this series were nominated for a Grammy/ Thunderbirds at the Santo Domingo Pueblo: the first Native American + first jewelry exhibit at the Wallace Gallery at Colonial Williamsburg, VA.