The Jesse Stuart Foundation proudly presents

The Jack Ellis Writers Workshop

Jesse Stuart Lodge – Greenbo Lake State Resort Park

June 21-22, 2024

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Taps for Private Tussie

Taps For Private Tussie is Jesse Stuart’s best-known book. Published in 1943, Taps quickly captivated America’s reading public. It became an instant best seller, with over a million copies sold in the 1940s and 1950s. Taps became a Book of the Month Club selection in 1943, and also received the Thomas Jefferson Southern Award for the best Southern book of that year. Taps For Private Tussie grew steadily in popularity. [...]

By |April 23, 2024|Categories: Appalachia, Jesse Stuart Foundation|

40 Acres and No Mule April Regional Readers book

The April Regional Readers selection is 40 Acres and No Mule by Janice Holt Giles. In the late 1940s, Janice and Henry Giles moved from Louisville, Kentucky, back to the Appalachian hill country where Henry had grown up and where his family had lived since the time of the Revolution. With their savings, the couple bought a ramshackle house and forty acres of land on a ridge top and [...]

By |March 29, 2024|Categories: Appalachia, Regional Readers|

The Trailblazing Life of Daniel Boone and How Early Americans Took to the Road

This beautiful 144-page National Geographic hardcover book was painstakingly written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness for children aged 10-14 in grades 5-9. Daniel Boone’s story is every young adventurer’s fantasy:  A childhood in Pennsylvania spent hunting on lands shared with native Americans; a coming of age fighting in the French and Indian War; and the fulfillment of a life’s dream with the blazing of the Wilderness Road across the [...]

By |March 21, 2024|Categories: Appalachia, James M. Gifford|

Another World combines academic expertise with first-hand perspective on Appalachian culture

As my tribute to Women’s History Month, I present a book written by my friend—and JSF Board Member—Edwina Pendarvis, a great scholar and a great person. Edwina was born in Floyd County, Kentucky. She has lived much of her life in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. A nationally recognized authority on gifted education and talent development, she currently lives in Huntington, West Virginia, not far from Marshall University where [...]

Review: Sergeant Sandlin: Kentucky’s Forgotten Hero

Reviewed by Eliane Fowler Palencia ~ James Gifford, director of the Jesse Stuart Foundation, is always careful to set the metes and bounds of his books. Of his biography of Willie Sandlin, Kentucky’s only World War I Medal of Honor recipient, he states, “this is not a textbook, nor is it a book written for scholars. It is a popular history and inspirational biography…” (11). It is also the [...]

By |February 29, 2024|Categories: Appalachia, Jesse Stuart Foundation, Review|


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