JESS LAMAR REECE HOLLER, Caledonia Northern Principal (b. 1988, Westerville, Ohio) is a community-based applied folklorist, oral historian, public historian, exhibit co-curator and multi-media documentarian based in Columbus and Caledonia, Ohio. Her projects imagine cultural work for social change at the intersections of food, health, environmental justice, place and memory, with a particular attention to vernacular perspectives and beliefs and activism around ecology, everyday toxicity, and the idea of home.
With inspiring comrades, Jess also thinks/writes/organizes around labor in the cultural work sector — including wage standards, precarity, freelance/contract models, grassroots/community partnerships, ethical collaboration across power differentials, and dual-system reforms that make cultural and public humanities work more sustainable both for practitioners and for communities/narrators. She has written on these questions, and tentative solutions for a more just & truly accessible field, and for emerging practitioners, in particular, for AASLH’s History News; and for NCPH’s Ethics & Economic Justice Working Group (forthcoming).
Beyond her public humanities & community oral history involvements, Jess has been a college & community radio DJ since 2008. With Jeffrey Nagle, Jess currently hosts & produces Night Plant Radio — a (mostly) weekly radio show on Columbus’s community radio station WCRS-LP FM dedicated to 1970s-1980s ambient, environmental, experimental, incidental, library and ~~ background sounds ~~ wcrsfm.org || @nightplantradio.
CALEDONIA NORTHERN FOLKLIFE STUDIOS is a folklife, oral history, documentation and environmental public humanities consultation studios based in Columbus and Caledonia, Ohio. The consultancy is named after a north-stretching road in the small town of Caledonia, where Jess's mother was raised and where her grandmother still resides. From the 1930's-2010, the Reece family ran a community grocery store, Reece's Market, in the Masonic Block Building in downtown Caledonia.