skip navigation and jump to page content The Library of CongressThe American Folklife Center 
Community Roots: Selections from the Local Legacies Project
Collage of Local Legacies
Marge and KC Caldwell, interviewees, July 21, 1999
Marge and KC Caldwell, who picked strawberries as children, July 21, 1999. Photo: Patrick Garrett

Strawberries in the First Person

An oral history of the once-thriving strawberry industry in southwestern Missouri, this project focuses on interviews with individuals who lived through the years during which the title "Strawberry Capital of the World' was passed between several towns in the region. At the height of production, more than 10,000 pickers worked in the area between April and June every year. The strawberry empire, which encompassed offshoot industries such as ice cream, jams and jellies, and even wine, marketed its products under brand names such as Ozark Aroma, Loving Cup, and Mountain Maid. Today the empire has disappeared, but its story remains to be told from the point of view of the people who worked in the fields, packing houses, and shipping yards. Interviews are accompanied by photographs an audio tape of the interviews, as well as written transcriptions.

Originally submitted by: Roy Blunt, Representative (7th District).

link to www.loc.govMore Local Legacies...

The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

disclaimer for external linksLearn More About It...
  The Library of Congress 
The American Folklife Center
Contact Us
AFC Icon