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Audio Recording Wayne Henderson interview conducted by Emily Hilliard, 2022-02-20

Wayne Henderson interview conducted by Emily Hilliard, 2022-02-20
Audio recording of interview with Wayne Henderson.

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Title

  • Wayne Henderson interview conducted by Emily Hilliard, 2022-02-20

Summary

  • Wayne Henderson (b. 1947, Rugby, Virginia) is a world-renowned luthier and old-time musician and a NEA National Heritage Fellow. He also delivered the mail in his home community, out of the Mouth of Wilson, Virginia Post Office for 32 years, beginning in 1969. Henderson remembers that when he was growing up, the local carrier held an esteemed position in the community, as a resource who could assist with writing official letters and navigating other official business. He sees that as being part of the reason he took the job and kept it while also growing his guitar business. Henderson's route was 87 miles with 200-300 boxes in a very rural area, including high elevations along Mount Rogers, where he often delivered mail despite snowy weather and high winds. The first postmaster Henderson worked for, Mr. Steve Phipps, had been a rural carrier on horseback, and Henderson shares some of his stories. In this interview, which was conducted in Henderson's guitar shop, he also speaks about the delivery vehicles he used (beginning with his father's stick shift 1956 Chevrolet farm truck), developing relationships with his customers (and their livestock), wildlife and scenery along the route, how the area has changed over time, and the importance of a rural letter carrier as a community resource and service provider.

Names

  • Henderson, Wayne, interviewee, performer
  • Grim, Brian, 1970- performer
  • Hilliard, Emily, interviewer
  • Volkaert, Redd, performer
  • Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor

Created / Published

  • 2022-02-20.

Headings

  • -  Henderson, Wayne--Interviews
  • -  Postal service--United States--History
  • -  Postal service--Employees--Appalachian Region--Interviews
  • -  Letter carriers--Appalachian Region--Interviews
  • -  Humor in the workplace
  • -  Retirement
  • -  Postal service--Virginia
  • -  Virginia--Rural conditions
  • -  Industrial safety
  • -  Work environment--Cold weather conditions
  • -  Rural free delivery--Appalachian Region
  • -  Country life--Virginia
  • -  Customer relations
  • -  Postal service--Transportation, Automotive

Genre

  • Digital photographs--Color--2020-2030
  • Sound recordings
  • Personal narratives
  • Oral histories
  • Interviews

Notes

  • -  See afc2021010_014 for related interview with Brian Grim.
  • -  Recorded at the interviewee's guitar shop, Rugby, Virginia, February 20, 2022.
  • -  Rural Free Delivery: Mail Carriers in Central Appalachia: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2021-2022 (AFC 2021/010), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.

Medium

  • 1 sound recording (1:06:05) : digital, wav
  • 3 photographs : digital, tif
  • 4 moving images : digital, mov
  • 1 manuscript : digital, pdf

Source Collection

  • Rural Free Delivery: Mail Carriers in Central Appalachia: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2021-2022 AFC 2021/010

Repository

  • Library of Congress American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540 to 4610 https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023655393

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  • Duplication of collection materials may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.

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Online Format

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  • audio
  • video
  • pdf

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Chicago citation style:

Grim, Brian, Performer, Emily Hilliard, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Wayne Henderson interview conducted by Emily Hilliard, -02-20. performeds by Henderson, Wayne, Interviewee, and Volkaert, Redd -02-20, 2022. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2023655393/.

APA citation style:

Grim, B., Hilliard, E. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2022) Wayne Henderson interview conducted by Emily Hilliard, -02-20. Henderson, W. & Volkaert, R., performers -02-20. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2023655393/.

MLA citation style:

Grim, Brian, Performer, Emily Hilliard, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Wayne Henderson interview conducted by Emily Hilliard, -02-20. performer by Henderson, Wayne, Interviewee, and Volkaert, Redd -02-20, 2022. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2023655393/>.