Jesse Stuart Foundation

Adventure story, biography, western, history fitting labels for “Simon Kenton, Kentucky Scout”

Adventure story, biography, western, history, “Simon Kenton, Kentucky Scout” fits all these descriptions. Its vivid, intense language tells the story of Kentucky’s exploration and settlement through the life of the young frontiersman. Kenton was born April 3, 1755, in Fauquier County, Virginia, the son [...]

Onkst, JSF board chairman, visits to sign copies of his book Presidential Visits to Kentucky

Wayne Onkst, Chairman of the JSF Board of Directors, was here today to sign copies of his book, Presidential Visits to Kentucky: 1819-2017, that will be distributed to underserved high school and public libraries throughout Kentucky. The distribution project is made possible by a generous [...]

JSF receives grant from Kentucky Colonels to distribute “Presidential Visits to Kentucky”

The JSF received a $5,000 grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels to distribute copies of Presidential Visits to Kentucky: 1819-2017 by Wayne Onkst to underserved public libraries and high schools throughout Kentucky. This year, the HOKC will award $3.1 million in grants supporting [...]

Dark Journey: Donner-Reed party left an indelible imprint on our national imagination

Throughout the 1700s and 1800s, Americans were afflicted with a case of what John Steinbeck called “westering and westering.” During the early 1840s, two specific accounts focused the attention of restless Americans on the far West. John C. Fremont led a U.S. Army Survey [...]


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