Preserving Your Heritage: Cora Wilson Stewart

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Our library history and genealogy programming promotes an awareness of and interest in local heritage. Cindy's presentations are different every month, covering a wide variety of topics, and we often welcome special guests! Intended for ages 18+.

In October, we're welcoming author Suzanne Fisher Woods via Zoom for a special presentation: A look into the life and accomplishments of local heroine Cora Wilson Stewart. The first woman to be elected as president of the Kentucky Education Association, Stewart was a progressive social reformer and educator who worked to combat adult illiteracy. She opened the first "Moonlight School" right here in Rowan County in 1911—the beginning of a program to teach literacy to adults at night, using the same schools attended by children during the day.

Stewart's Moonlight Schools spread across Kentucky, gaining official support from the state in every county by 1914. Eventually, it spread to places across the country, where her legacy is still felt today. Celebrate her achievements and her contributions to our community with this dive into how and why she did it, the challenges she faced, and more!



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