Coffee With Jeff

A long time ago, in the early part of the twentieth century, there was a group of people who were cut off from the modern world. They lived in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Without roads, electricity, and even books, their world was way behind the rest of the USA. Many of these mountain folk didn’t know how to read. But the world was changing, and education was vital. A government program to provide work during the great depression allowed people to bring books and magazines to these folk, and it changed their world.

Show Notes

A long time ago, in the early part of the twentieth century, there was a group of people who were cut off from the modern world. They lived in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Without roads, electricity, and even books, their world was way behind the rest of the USA. Many of these mountain folk didn’t know how to read. But the world was changing, and education was vital. A government program to provide work during the great depression allowed people to bring books and magazines to these folk, and it changed their world.

Today I have the story of the Packhorse Library Project on the 193 Sunday Morning Coffee with Jeff.

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles
The New Deal - Wikipedia
Pack Horse Library Project - Wikipedia
The WPA Packhorse Library Project and the Social Utility of Literacy, 1883-1962
The book women of Kentucky: the WPA Pack Horse Library Project, 1936-1943 Author: Donald C. Boyd
Good Reads in Wild Places: The WPA’s Pack Horse Librarians
Reaching Out to the Mountains: The Pack Horse Library of Eastern Kentucky by Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer
Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books, ca. 1930s
That Book Woman

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A short true tale told every Sunday morning as told by Jeff! Each story is told as accurately as possible with, hopefully, a bit of humor. This is the place in which you hear things you probably never knew, or probably never wanted to know.