When Joey Baldwin contacted the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta to inquire about potential projects he could do, the North Augusta Legacy Project stood out.
The North Augusta High School senior was seeking projects that would have a lasting impact on North Augusta as part of his participation in Furman University’s Emerging Public Leaders program.
The North Augusta Legacy Project, which aims to record oral histories of North Augustans by video, stood out because he enjoys film, said the 18-year-old.
“It’s an opportunity to capture the history of North Augusta and the legacy of several individuals,” he said.
It’s also a chance to get students involved, said Arts and Heritage center executive director Lauren Virgo.
“We’re hoping to get young adults interested in preserving history,” she said.
High school students who are interested in film are encouraged to volunteer for the project. Each volunteer will be partnered with a member of the Heritage Council who will accompany the student to conduct the interviews.
Students will have a couple of months to conduct the interviews and edit their videos which will then be submitted to Baldwin. Baldwin will compile and edit the videos into a comprehensive video project.
During the summer, Baldwin participated in the Emerging Public Leaders program and learned about leadership and networking skills. He has already put those skills to use in recruiting volunteers and coordinating a free film workshop on Saturday for the volunteers.
Any area high school student who is interested in film and would like to participate should contact Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 215-7017 by Nov. 7. The volunteers will attend a workshop on Saturday featuring professionals in the film industry.
A public showing of the North Augusta Legacy Project is expected in March. Baldwin will also present the project to the Emerging Public Leaders program in April.
“If they participate in the project, it will be appreciated,” said Virgo, adding that they will be “capturing stories that are important to their hometown.”