Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Cheryl Ann Holden, June 27, 1986

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - Learning about the Christian Appalachian Project / Initial views on the Appalachian Region

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Partial Transcript: I thought we--before we got started, you might just tell me a little bit about your own background.

Segment Synopsis: Holden talks briefly about her college experience and how she first learned of the Christian Appalachian Project. She also talks about what she knew about the Appalachian Region before she got there and how that changed when she arrived.

Keywords: Appalachia; Justice and peace groups; Psychology majors; Rehabilitation psychology; Views; Volunteer work

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Economic conditions.; Emmanuel College (Boston, Mass.); Poverty.; Teaching.; Voluntarism.; Volunteers.

00:02:31 - Volunteer work with the Christian Appalachian Project

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Partial Transcript: But, um, my first experience there was really--you know, I was taking it all in and try-trying to really--I, I was volunteering but for me it was more an educational experience.

Segment Synopsis: Holden describes her experience arriving in Kentucky and the various responsibilities she had while volunteering with the Christian Appalachian Project.

Keywords: Bible schools; Boys camps; Christian Appalachian Project (CAP); Colleges; Daycare centers; Educational experiences; Father Beiting; Father Ralph W. Beiting; Introductions; Landscaping; Local people; Manual labor; Projects; Responsibilities; Sophomore year; Trains; Volunteer work

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Beiting, Ralph W.; Camps.; Manual work.; Volunteering; Volunteerism; Volunteers.

00:07:54 - Negative experiences / The religious aspect of the Christian Appalachian Project

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Partial Transcript: Um, one thing I found surprising when I was there was--and my group--the group I was with was very, you know, they were mostly soc' majors and a really controversial group.

Segment Synopsis: Holden talks about her negative experience with Father Beiting and trying to urge him to educate the people in the Appalachian Region so that they may help themselves. She talks briefly about the Christian Appalachian Project being a nondenominational organization rather than solely Catholic.

Keywords: Catholic colleges; Catholic organizations; Catholic priests; Christian denominations; Conversations; Father Beiting; Father Ralph W. Beiting; Luxury; Non-denominational organizations; Nondenominational organizations; Sociology majors

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Religion.; Beiting, Ralph W.; Christian sects; Christianity.; Education.; Religion; Teaching.

00:10:56 - Father Beiting's efforts against poverty / Experiences in West Virginia

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Partial Transcript: When your group left Kentucky, do you think any of your ideas had been changed?

Segment Synopsis: Holden talks briefly about Father Beiting and his efforts against poverty in the Appalachian Region. She talks about returning to volunteer in West Virginia and describes her responsibilities there.

Keywords: Clothing stores; Father Beiting; Father Ralph W. Beiting; Home visits; Junior year; Manual labor; Organizations; Positive experiences; Programs; Rural areas; Social action agencies; War on Poverty

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Economic conditions.; Appalachian Region--Social conditions.; Beiting, Ralph W.; Children.; Education.; Kentucky.; Manual work.; Poverty.; Schools; Teaching.; Volunteering; Volunteerism; Volunteers.; West Virginia.

00:17:06 - Mailing campaigns / How the Christian Appalachian Project has changed

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned that you still get mailings from CAP.

Segment Synopsis: Holden talks about the newsletters she receives from the Christian Appalachian Project and how it represents the Appalachian people. She asks some questions about Father Beiting and how the Christian Appalachian Project has changed since she volunteered.

Keywords: Depictions; Father Beiting; Father Ralph W. Beiting; Funding; Image; Local people; Mailing campaigns; Mailings; Recruitment efforts; Representation

Subjects: Appalachian Region.; Beiting, Ralph W.; Education.; Mail; Newsletters.; Poverty.; Volunteers.

00:20:09 - Final thoughts about the Christian Appalachian Project

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Partial Transcript: Can you think of anything else about your time in Kentucky or any other observations that you had or h-how it might have changed your ideas coming back?

Segment Synopsis: Holden talks briefly about enjoying volunteer work and continuing after her work with the Christian Appalachian Project. She also talks about volunteers and recruitment for the project.

Keywords: Experiences; Father Beiting; Father Ralph W. Beiting; Involvement; Recruiting; Recruitment; Volunteer work

Subjects: Beiting, Ralph W.; Kentucky.; Voluntarism.; Volunteering; Volunteerism; Volunteers.