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Pendarvis New Release:

Another World: Ballet Lessons from Appalachia

After five years of intense research and thoughtful writing, Jesse Stuart Foundation Board Member Edwina Pendarvis has published “Another World: Ballet Lessons from Appalachia.”

This boundary-crossing book views ballet through the eyes of twenty-four Appalachian women — most from the Tri-State area — who began their ballet lessons in childhood. 

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Latest JSF News

Regional Readers set for first meeting of 2023 ~ March 28

The Regional Readers book discussion group will meet on Tuesday, March 28 in the former JSF Conference Room (now Right Eye Graphics). Coffee and conversation at 2 p.m.; book discussion at 2:30 p.m. The March selection is Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline by Loretta Lynn. When Loretta Lynn first came to Nashville in 1960 – a broke young mother trying to navigate the [...]

By |February 25, 2023|Categories: Regional Readers|

Appalachian Trail biography a must-read for any lover of the great outdoors

The Appalachian Trail is America’s most beloved trek, with millions of hikers setting foot on it every year. Yet few are aware of the fascinating backstory of the dreamers and builders who explored it, defined it, and captured national attention by hiking it. This biography of the trail is a must-read not just for ambitious hikers, but for anyone who wonders about our relationship with the great outdoors and [...]

By |February 25, 2023|Categories: Appalachia, Jesse Stuart Foundation|

Runaway slaves had long, hazardous journey to freedom

Before the Civil War, the Underground Railroad was a network of hundreds of safe houses, churches, and farms throughout the North and South that served as way stations on the road to freedom for tens of thousands of runaway slaves. Fugitive slaves risked their lives in this long, hazardous journey to freedom. The whites who helped them risked social scorn, business setbacks, arrests, fines, prison and even death to [...]

“The Year of My Rebirth” an excellent gift for those recovering from illness or surgery

Lots of folks have been sick this winter. If you have a friend or loved one recovering from illness or surgery, Jesse Stuart’s “The Year of My Rebirth” would be a helpful gift. Stuart’s message in this well-known book is that no person can really begin living until he has come close to dying. As a young man, Stuart lived at top speed. Then, in 1954, at age 48, [...]

Bluetick Pig now available as eBook

Jesse Stuart’s Bluetick Pig is now available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. The JSF first released Bluetick Pig, the ninth book in Jesse Stuart’s junior book series, in 2019. The book is edited by JSF Board member Cathy Roberts and features delightful illustrations by Thomas Marsh. The Kindle price is $6.99. Sarah Powell had worked a day for her neighbor. For her pay, she was given the choice [...]

By |January 27, 2023|Categories: Appalachia, Jesse Stuart Foundation|


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