University of Mississippi

SFA Oral Historian to Study the Upsouth

Amy C. Evans, an oral historian with the SFA, is pictured at the Pig Pen in Cleveland, Miss. Two recent gifts will allow a second professional to pursue histories in the Upsouth. Photograph by Maude Schuyler Clay.

A pair of generous gifts totaling $125,000 will allow the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) at the University of Mississippi to support an additional oral historian and expand its oral history archive into the “Upsouth” region of Virginia, Georgia and the Carolinas.

With a planned gift of $50,000, Carmen and Matt Bond of Memphis, Tenn., have established the Carmen Crane Bond Oral History Fund. The Bonds were inspired to become active SFA members and provide this endowment after attending several SFA-sponsored events in recent years.

“My fondest memories are from early childhood, growing up in the country,” Carmen Bond recalls. “My family was still of the ‘old school’ and essentially lived off the land. They taught me not only how to garden and cook but also the processes from beginning to end – from ‘pickin” to ‘puttin’ up’!”

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