Interview with Amelia Vanover



  • Identifier1986 OH 119
  • Date7/24/1986
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeVanover, Amelia
  • DescriptionThis is an unrehearsed taped interview with Amelia Fox Vanover, graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School (1922) and an employee of the Louisville School System from 1941 to 1971. Mrs. Vanover discusses her memories of the college and fellow alumni as well as her teaching career.
  • LocationLouisville, KY
  • Duration:30:14
  • Time Summary00:00 - 01:00 Introduction.
    01:00 - 03:10 Amelia Fox Vanover was born October 23, 1902 in Danville, Ky. Early life in Danville.
    03:10 - 05:10 Education at Kentucky College for Women and Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Early career as a teacher in Danville. Married in 1930 to Samuel R. Vanover, a Presbyterian minister.
    05:10 - 08:30 Teaching career at Eastern Jr. High and Louisville Atherton from 1941 to 1971 and work as a guidance counselor. discussion on her son, Samuel C. Vanover, M.D.
    08:30 - 12:00 Remembrances of Eastern and discussion of fellow alumni.
    12:00 - 14:30 Recollection of Marie Roberts, former Dean of Women at Eastern. Visiting campus for 50th class reunion and noting many changes.
    14:30 - 17:20 Friends made in college. Mrs. Vanover remembers instructors and courses taken.
    17:20 - 20:50 Teaching in Danville. Discussion of the quality of education in the city's schools and downtown businesses.
    20:50 - 27:30 Changes in public education in Louisville and the introduction of "innovations." Problems with the system in the 1960s and the growth of guidance counseling.
    27:30 - 29:40 Types of students at Eastern in the 1920s. Mrs. Vanover remembers them as poor but serious competitive.
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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