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Morehead Memories by Jack Ellis

Fewer words in the English language are more glibly uttered and more misunderstood than the word “history.” American history rests squarely upon a local base. Thomas Jefferson theorized that what happens at the local level of society is more important to the individual than what happens at the national or international level. Kentucky is divided into one hundred and twenty counties, and scores of towns, cities, and crossroad communities. [...]

Jesse Stuart Weekend returns for 2023

Jesse Stuart Weekend 2023 is scheduled for Friday & Saturday, September 29 & 30 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. We’re eager to reunite with our JSF friends at this event, which is returning after a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The weekend’s agenda features Lee Pennington, former Kentucky Poet Laureate, discussing Jesse Stuart: Schoolteacher to America, and includes favorite activities such as the hike through Jesse [...]

By |March 13, 2023|Categories: Jesse Stuart Foundation|

Clark writes of his own astonishingly primitive childhood in “A Long Row to Hoe”

In some parts of America, the “intellectual leaders” fancy themselves much too deep to be understood by everyday folks like you and me. Not so in Appalachia! Our intellectual leaders have been kind, loving, accessible men and women who represent, with their own lives, what Appalachia is really all about. During my 37 years at the JSF, we have lost some of our best and brightest leaders, giants of [...]

By |March 2, 2023|Categories: Appalachia, James M. Gifford|

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|


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