Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Joyce Berger, July 18, 1991

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Family and childhood

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Joyce Berger on July 18th, 1991, and the interviewer is Elizabeth Albert.

Segment Synopsis: Berger sums up her life and talks about her family. She talks about where she lived growing up.

Keywords: Apartments; Babysitters; College; Fathers; Gardening; Grandparents; Harlan (Ky.); Houses; Marriage; Mothers; Moving; Parents; Rooms; Sisters; Tennessee

Subjects: Childhood; Families.; Housing

00:07:47 - School, chores, and church

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Partial Transcript: What do you remember about school when you were younger?

Segment Synopsis: Berger talks about the schools she attended. She talks about doing chores, and the church she went to.

Keywords: Baptist churches; Chores; Dishes; Elementary school; High school; Housework; Mothers; Moving

Subjects: Childhood; Education; Families.

00:14:37 - Going to college and getting married / childhood memories

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Partial Transcript: Now when you were living in Loyal, um, you said you went to college in Tennessee?

Segment Synopsis: Berger talks about going to college and meeting and marrying her husband. She talks about her favorite childhood memories.

Keywords: Careers; Childhood memories; College; Cousins; Family; Friends; Husband; Marriage; Parents; Sisters; University of Tennessee

Subjects: Childhood; Education, Higher; Families.

00:20:17 - Working and raising a family

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Partial Transcript: Now when you got married, um, he was in his second year of law school?

Segment Synopsis: Berger talks about where she and her family lived after she married. She talks about working and raising a family. She talks about raising a garden.

Keywords: Apartments; Babysitters; Canning; Daughters; Gardening; Houses; Law practice; Marriage; Moving; Preserving; Rooms; Secretary

Subjects: Children; Married life; Parenting

00:30:18 - Cooking and growing food / keeping animals

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Partial Transcript: So, you said that you first learned how to cook all this stuff, which you, you hadn't been used to before with the fresh vegetables and all that and?

Segment Synopsis: Berger talks about cooking the produce they grow in the garden. She talks about participating more in gardening over the years. She talks about the animals that they have.

Keywords: Animals; Asparagus; Beans; Blueberries; Buildings; Canning; Chicken houses; Eggs; Fresh food; Gardens; Recipes; Sheep; Tilling

Subjects: Chickens; Cooking; Gardening

00:44:01 - Men's roles in child raising / children's education / farmland use

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Partial Transcript: --(Clears throat)--One thing I, um--(clears throat)--I was--I guess I should have asked back when we were talking about your childhood, but also as far as raising your kids, um, how much of a part--or maybe you can compare the two, did your father take in child raising or--and your husband?

Segment Synopsis: Berger talks about her father and husband's involvement in raising children. She talks about her children's education and encouraging them to go to college. She talks about the farm land that she and her husband own and she talks about leasing it.

Keywords: College; Daughters; Doctors; Farming; Fathers; Husband; Land; Leasing; Partnerships; Social work; University of Kentucky; Working

Subjects: Education, Higher; Fatherhood; Land use, Rural--Kentucky; Parenting

00:51:50 - Advantages and disadvantages of farming / raising daughters

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Partial Transcript: I'm interested in, in um--you know, we're interested in family farming, and it, of course it's dying out so much now, it's really, um--do you have any, any opinions on farming as a way of life, and what, what you think of it, is it a good idea? Is it--what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Segment Synopsis: Berger talks about her opinions on farming. She talks about the chores she had her daughters do.

Keywords: Advantages; Business; Chores; Daughters; Disadvantages; Farming; Finances; Laundry; Money; Relaxation; Risks

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Family farms; Parenting

01:01:09 - Advice for young farmers / future of farming

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Partial Transcript: If one--or if, I guess, probably since your daughters are going on to different things, but if, if, another young person came up to you and, um, was asking you about--well they were thinking about going in to farming and everything and, you know, w, what would you say to them? Would you encourage that?

Segment Synopsis: Berger talks about the advice she would give someone wanting to go into farming. She talks about the pesticides they use on their garden. She talks about the differences between farming today and farming years before, and gives her thoughts on the future of farming.

Keywords: Bugs; Changes; Farming; Finances; Future; Growing food; Health; Pesticides; Working; Young people

Subjects: Agriculture--Economic aspects; Agriculture--Kentucky; Farms, small