Tag Archives: WPA

An Almost Perfect State

Please welcome guest author Dr. Jerry Bruce Thomas, Professor Emeritus from Shepherd University. In 2010, Dr. Thomas spoke in Marlinton, Lewisburg and Union, WV about a book called ‘West Virginia: A Guide to the Mountain State,’ published by the West Virginia Writers’ Project in 1941. During this lecture series, Dr. Thomas led community discussions about the […]


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 […]


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


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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