Books and Bridles: The Story of the Horse Back Librarians

Books and Bridles

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Presenter Jeffrey Urbin of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum
Virtual – no room needed

The Roosevelt era’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) is known for its many huge infrastructure projects and improvements. But it also consisted of a little-known program called the Packhorse Librarians. This presentation tells the story of the Packhorse Librarians, a relatively small group of women, whose mission was to deliver and distribute reading materials to the far-off corners of Appalachia during the darkest hours of the Great Depression.