FAYETTE, Iowa (April 12, 2013) – As part of this year's Fayette Appreciation Day April 24, Upper Iowa University faculty and students will be collecting stories - new and old – from community residents. They will be at the Post 339 American Legion Hall from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
"The Fayette community has changed a lot since the last of the 'Fayette – You Bet!' bumper stickers disappeared," said Dr. Kata McCarville, associate professor of geosciences. "Part of appreciating Fayette is understanding its history. We would like to capture some of these stories from the past as well as the present that describe what it is like to live in the Fayette community. We will place the stories of our participants on a large timeline and collect location information."
Topics of interest for the project include the five gas stations located throughout Fayette, past businesses that have come and gone, and what changed when the highway no longer came through town.
In connection with the Volga River, McCarville is especially interested in stories that involve the Volga River in some way. "I would like participants to be able to tell us about that great tubing or canoe trip on the Volga, family picnics or camping along the river, as well as fishing expeditions and river cleanups," she said. "Flood stories are of particular interest. Were you in Fayette during our big flood events? Did you help with sandbagging? Or did you help with cleanup and restoration work? Do you remember which businesses and homes were flooded, and how deep the water was?"
"We would like to try and construct flood maps and see if there are locations where the high-water line can still be seen on buildings or natural landmarks, or identified from the recollections of witnesses," she added.
Fayette history or flood pictures can be donated to the project, or scanned and returned upon request. For more information, contact McCarville at 563-425-5233 if interested in participating in this project.
Fayette Appreciation Day is the largest service event on campus, engaging more than 450 students, faculty and staff; and countless community members. Embarking on its seventh year in 2013, a small committee plans and facilitates over 30 projects in Fayette County – from assisting on research to painting community member's houses. Each year, participants provide a combined total of more than 1,800 service hours to various groups, organizations and community members in northeast Iowa.
Anyone with questions regarding Fayette Appreciation Day may contact Daryl Grove, assistant dean of student development and director of student leadership and adventure, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-425-5209.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.