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Kentucky Springs: Narratives on Localized Water Knowledge, Community and Stewardship Oral History Project

Project Summary

This is a series of oral histories about roadside springs in Kentucky, created through a 2016 Kentucky Oral History Commission Project Grant. Historically, community roadside springs were used before public water systems were implemented, providing a critical source of water for travelers, or for those who did not have private access to a reliable water source. These natural resources, which can be found throughout the state, are surviving remnants of the agricultural public commons and often mark very early human settlements. They are filtered naturally and in some cases have been flowing for upwards of a century. Today, even with the presence of municipal water systems, many people still gather water from springs. The project examines the role these water supplies have played in local history; factors that support the continued public use of springs; understanding how community springs are maintained, and exploring how a spring's role in creating community has changed over time. Counties included are Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Estill, Hart, Lee, Madison, Menifee, Monroe, Powell, and Warren.

Project Code

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Interviews in this Project (23 Total):

Interview Accession Number: 2017oh594_kys001
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh595_kys002
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh596_kys003
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh597_kys004
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh598_kys005
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh599_kys006
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh600_kys007
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh601_kys008
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh602_kys009
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh603_kys010
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh604_kys011
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh605_kys012
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh606_kys013
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh607_kys014
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh608_kys015
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh609_kys016
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh610_kys017
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh611_kys018
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh612_kys019
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh613_kys020
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh614_kys021
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh615_kys022
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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Interview Accession Number: 2017oh616_kys023
Interviewer: Kay Westhues
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