Interview with Helen Keen


  • Identifier: 1980oh043
  • Date: 11/30/1979
  • Interviewer: Hughes, Karol K.
  • Interviewee: Keen, Helen
  • Description: Housewife
  • Location: Louisville, KY
  • Duration: :53:29
  • Time Summary: 70 --- Childhood --- --- Would you tell us on the tape about your family? --- --- Keen describes her childhood on a farm near Turkey Creek, Kentucky. She talks about growing crops, food preservation, and butchering hogs. --- --- Butcher;Turkey Creek, Kentucky --- Agriculture--Kentucky;Food--Preservation --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 806 --- School --- --- What kind of chores did you have to do? --- --- Keen compares schools she attended in Turkey Creek and Buckhorn. --- --- Buckhorn, Kentucky;Education;School;Turkey Creek, Kentucky --- --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 1388 --- World War II --- --- You mentioned friends, could you tell me about some of your friends from school? --- --- Keen talks about what life was like during WWII. --- --- WWII --- Scrap metals;World War, 1939-1945--Kentucky --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 1564 --- Innovations --- --- You mentioned the radio, I'd like to get back a little bit to that. --- --- Keen talks about when her family got a radio, electricity, and television. --- --- --- Radio;Radio programs;Television --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 1832 --- Career --- --- You mentioned that you went to high school, did you go on to college? --- --- Keen talks about her education and becoming a teacher in Buckhorn. --- --- Berea College;Buckhorn, Kentucky;Eastern Kentucky University --- Thrush (Mouth disease) --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 2218 --- Neighbors --- --- Do you remember any mountain superstitions? --- --- Keen talks about her neighbors and the advantages of living in a small community. --- --- Baker, Bob;Buckhorn, Kentucky --- --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- --- ::: 2928 --- Mountain culture --- --- When we were growing up, of course it was true of a lot of the places in the mountains, they would bury the person and a year or so later they would have a funeral. --- --- Keen talks about how birthdays, funerals, and Christmas were celebrated. --- --- --- --- --- 17 --- --- --- --- ---
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  • Indexer: Allen-Daniels, Crystal
  • Funding Source: Indexing funded by the Kentucky Oral History Commission


Citation

“Interview with Helen Keen,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed July 10, 2020, https://oralhistory.eku.edu/items/show/4849.