Eliot Wigginton, an English teacher at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia wanted to show his students a practical need for good English skills. They chose to produce a magazine and called it "Foxfire," which is the name of a glowing fungus found on rotting wood in this area.
The students decided to interview their elders, documenting traditions and what had changed over the course of their lifetimes. the way of life in the area, and how things had changed over the course of their lives. They used these interviews to write articles, even learning to take photographs. Many interviews were recorded on tape and still survive today.
The magazine was first published in 1967 and included folklore, how-to information, first-person stories, and oral history.
By 1972, so many people wanted back issues of the magazine that an anthology was published. Now there are 12 books in the Foxfire series. These books are fascinating to read and are great for home schooling, classrooms, people who love history, or who are thinking of living off the land. They make a nice gift, too!
Even after 40 years, students are still producing the Foxfire Magazine twice a year. - continuing to interview their elders and writing interesting articles.