Jesse Stuart is focus of November Food for Thought Program

By Mark Shuller - Email

FRANKFORT, KY. (FOX19) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will host Food for Thought: "Jesse Stuart: An Extraordinary Life," with James Gifford Ph.D., of the Jesse Stuart Foundation, at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort.

Stuart, a renowned Kentucky writer, is best-known for his short stories, poetry and novels about Southern Appalachia.  He was born in Greenup County and was named Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 1954. Works by Stuart include "Man with a Bull-Tongue Plow," "Kentucky is My Land," "Daughter of the Legend," and "Mr. Gallion's School."

The Jesse Stuart Foundation is devoted to preserving the human and literary legacy of Stuart and other Kentucky and Appalachian writers.  In the spirit of Stuart's passion for education, the Foundation's primary purpose is to produce books that supplement the educational system at all levels.  The organization was chartered in 1979 in Louisville and established full-time offices in Ashland, Ky., in 1985.

Gifford, who will lead the Food for Thought discussion, became the first full-time executive director of the organization in 1985.  Gifford is an Appalachian scholar on staff at Morehead State University and launched the Jesse Stuart Foundation's publishing operation in 1986.

Today, the Foundation operates a bookstore on-site and sells books internationally through mail orders, the Foundation website,, and on the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites, as well as at other major retailers.

The menu for the luncheon features cranberry feta pinwheels; fall salad with mixed greens, pears, spiced pecans, cranberries and balsamic dressing; hot brown casserole; roasted vegetables, including butternut squash, carrots, red peppers, sweet onions and green beans; yeast rolls; fresh apple cake; and iced tea or coffee.

Tickets to the luncheon, which is part of the KHS Highlighting History series, are $18 for KHS members and $23 for other patrons. To make a reservation, contact Julia Curry at 502-564-1792 or Reservations are required by Nov. 12.

The KHS Highlighting History series includes History Speaks!, Food for Thought and special Thursday evening programs and offers guests an opportunity to explore a wide variety of historical topics. Highlighting History is provided through the generous support of the KHS Foundation. To find out more about Highlighting History and other KHS programs, visit