Louie B. Nunn Center For Oral History

Saving Stories: The Frontier Nursing Service

Mar 14, 2017
UK Special Collections

We observe Women's History Month with a story about the Frontier Nursing Service which introduced the first nurse-midwives to the United States.  Founded in Leslie County by Mary Breckinridge, the nurses of the FNS would travel by horse to some of the most inaccessible regions of Eastern Kentucky.  Betty Lester, a recruit from Great Britain shares her memories of her first day in the mountains.

educationforjustice.org

For over 40 years the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries has been the go-to source for scholars and researchers.  It is recognized around the world as a leader and innovator in the collection of oral history with thousands of interviews on topics ranging from politics and public policy, education and literature, coal communities and life in Appalachia, as well as African American History.  It’s this latter topic we take up with center director Dr. Doug Boyd.

Associated Press

Public TV viewers this week got their first look at Ken Burns's documentary on Jackie Robinson.  Ben Chandler's grandfather, A.B. "Happy" Chandler was MLB Commissioner when Jackie broke the color barrier.  On the anniversary of his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers (April 15, 1947) we speak with Ben and hear the historic tale from Happy himself; audio courtesy of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries.