James M. Gifford

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 [...]

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 [...]

True Christmas Stories From the Heart of Appalachia makes for a great Christmas gift

“True Christmas Stories From the Heart of Appalachia,” is a book that captures the spirit of Christmas in 43 stories by 39 authors. Thirty-five of the stories are from Kentucky and the others are from neighboring states. This book was sponsored by JSF Board [...]


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