Interview with Betty Lester, March 3, 1978

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Betty Lester gives some background of the Breckinridges and of Mary Breckinridge's immediate family. She also indicates the personal circumstances that led to the establishment of the FNS. Lester mentions the high maternal mortality rate in Leslie County before the FNS arrived. She talks about Breckinridge's experiences in Scotland and France as well as the building of Wendover and the small hospital. Lester goes into details of how services were set up and the nurses established in district centers. She explains her own training in London, England and some of her personal experiences in the FNS area. Also discussed is the Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery, begun during World War Two.

Interview Accession

1978oh146_fns006

Interviewee Name

Betty Lester

Interviewer Name

Jonathan Freid

Interview Date

1978-03-03

Interview Keyword

hospital World War II

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Lester, Betty Interview by Jonathan Freid. 03 Mar. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Lester, B. (1978, March 03). Interview by J. Freid. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Lester, Betty, interview by Jonathan Freid. March 03, 1978, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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