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The Pack Horse Librarians

Established in 1935, the Pack Horse Library Project was aimed at providing reading materials to rural portions of Eastern Kentucky with no access to public library facilities. Librarians riding horses or mules traveled 50 to 80 miles a week up rocky creekbeds, along muddy footpaths, and among cliffs to deliver reading materials to the most […]

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The shack out back

Tennesseans called it the “la-la.” Elsewhere known as the john, the shanty, the shack, the throne, the shed, the relief office—it was the humble outhouse. The little buildings “out back” were as important as any building built before indoor plumbing. This was the building you located as soon as possible when you came to visit, […]

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Supporting her family

Caption to the photo reads: “Pike County, Kentucky. Mother of two children (husband is tubercular and bed ridden) supports her family and buys necessary medical supplies with her WPA wages.” Goodman-Paxton Photographic Collection, 1934-1942University of KentuckyDigital ID: kukav:64m1:833 Pike+County Kentucky WPA +appalachia appalachian+history history+of+appalachia Tweet Send to Kindle

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At age 87 she’s doing well in the first grade

“Aunt Betty Arnett lived 87 years of her life unable to read or write; she lives far back at the headwaters of Licking River in Magoffin County, KY. She is now doing well in the first grade in literacy classes offered in the mountains.” Photo caption by George Goodman 1939 photo describes ‘The Education Project,’ […]

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