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Bloodied but unbowed

Jesse Stuart’s unwelcomed homecoming turned violent in 1938

Eighty-three years have passed since the scarring episode with a local constable at a Greenup drug store, and some mystery still remains.

Read more about this story and many other chapters in Jesse Stuart: An Extraordinary Life.

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JSF best sellers ~ Oct. 4-10

#1 The Frontiersmen, Allan W. Eckert #2 (tie) Blue Jacket: War Chief of the Shawnees, Allan W. Eckert #2 (tie) Wilderness Empire, Allan W. Eckert #3 Wilderness Empire, Allan W. Eckert #4 Gateway to Empire, Allan W. Eckert #5 (tie) Johnny Logan: The True Story of a Shawnee Who Became a U.S. Spy, Allan W. Eckert #5 (tie) Twilight of Empire, Allan W. Eckert

By |October 18, 2021|Categories: Best Sellers|

Charles Manson’s ties to Ashland and the tri-state area

Charles Manson was a sociopath, a criminal, and a lifelong predator. He achieved national and world-wide infamy as the leader of “the Manson family,” a commune of his murderous followers that developed in the late 1960s in the California desert. However, long before Charles Manson and his “family” captured national headlines with the horrific Tate-LaBianca murders, he was linked to eastern Kentucky by his biological family, which had strong ties [...]

By |October 12, 2021|Categories: James M. Gifford, Jesse Stuart Foundation|

Kentucky Book Festival returns in November

The 40th annual Kentucky Book Festival returns to Lexington this November. Weekday events are scheduled Nov. 1-5. The festival will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 6 with the Kentucky Book Fair at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. KBF features 140 authors who will sign books and participate in discussions. JSF Board member Cathy Roberts is among the featured authors and will sign copies of the Jesse Stuart junior book she edited, Bluetick Pig. [...]

By |October 12, 2021|Categories: Kentucky Book Fair|

Book of Matches: The Life, Murder and Family of an Appalachian War Veteran

In the 1930s and ’40s, Peebles, Ohio, was a sleepy farm town populated by good-natured, hard-working, religious and patriotic people who represent the pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps ethos of rural Appalachia. And those people form the backdrop for A Book of Matches: The Life, Murder and Family of an Appalachian War Veteran, a book written by Robert E. Hawkins, who grew up in Adams County in the 1980s. [...]

By |October 12, 2021|Categories: Appalachia|

Regional Readers to meet Oct. 26; The Enduring Hills book focus

The Regional Readers book group meets Tuesday, October 26 in the JSF Conference Room. Coffee and conversation at 2 p.m.; book discussion at 2:30 p.m. The book group is open to all and new members are always welcome. The October selection is The Enduring Hills by Janice Holt Giles. The Enduring Hills was the first of many novels Giles wrote in her lifetime. Based in part on her own [...]

By |October 11, 2021|Categories: Regional Readers|

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