Local History Week #3: The Appalachian Volunteers

August 28, 2019 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Clark County Public Library
370 South Burns Avenue Winchester KY 40391

Presented by Dr. Thomas Kiffmeyer, PhD

The Appalachian Volunteers formed in the early 1960s, determined to eliminate poverty through education and vocational training and improve schools and homes in the mountainous regions of the southeastern United States. In Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty, Thomas Kiffmeyer illustrates how the activists ultimately failed, mainly because they were indecisive about the fundamental nature of their mission.

The AVs, many of them college students, were also distracted by causes not directly connected with the war on poverty, such as civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War. Despite some progress, the organization finally lost the support of the national government, and more important, of the Appalachian people, setbacks from which it never recovered.

Thomas J. Kiffmeyer is associate professor of history at Morehead State University

Menu ($8/ticket available August 1)
Sliced Pork Lion
Tossed Salad
Corn Pudding
Café Garlic Herbed Vegetables
Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Sweet & Unsweet Tea

Space is limited, please register to attend. Dinners begin at 615 PM, program at 7 PM. Tickets are available at the library starting August 1 for a price of $8. There are a limited number of spaces available to simply view the performance. Either way, registration is required. Sign up for program only attendance by calling 744-5661 or visiting the library.