Interview SummaryHolmes describes growing up in a small town in Michigan. Her father was a mortician and her mother was an elementary school teacher. She attended college at Michigan State University in the 50s. Her parents were registered Republicans but were not particularly politically active. Holmes lived in San Jose, California for a year after graduating college as part of a fellowship working at a local YMCA. She then took a job at Washington University in St. Louis, where she met her husband. They moved to Lexington in 1960 when he accepted a job at Transylvania University. All 3 of her children were born in Lexington. Immediately upon her arrival she joined the League of Women Voters. She remembers chairing the International Committee. In the 60s, members would meet in each other's homes and at night, as well as on Saturdays, to accommodate working members as well as mothers. Holmes remembers the League working on a study surrounding water in the city. She also recalls the merging of the city and county governments and attending naturalization ceremonies. In the 80s, she went back to school and received her Master's at UK. She also worked at the International School at UK for 17 years.
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Holmes, Carolyn Interview by Madison Cissell. 12 Apr. 2022. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Holmes, C. (2022, April 12). Interview by M. Cissell. League of Women Voters Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Holmes, Carolyn, interview by Madison Cissell. April 12, 2022, League of Women Voters Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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