Oral History in Ashland, Kentucky

Dual bridges over the Ohio river run from downtown Ashland to Ohio.
Dual bridges over the Ohio river run from downtown Ashland to Ohio.

As many people know, I’ll be leaving my post at the ISJL next week to pursue a Ph.D. in American Studies.  The last four years have been amazing for me, personally, professionally and academically, and I know I’m going to miss the city of Jackson and the ISJL office.

My last big project here has been a series of three short videos about Jewish life in Ashland, Kentucky, which were commissioned by the Kaplan Simons Family Foundation.  I’m proud and excited to share these videos today:

Huge thanks to all of the participants, the families who shared photographs with me and especially the Boyd County Public Library, where many of the interviews were conducted.

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