Interview with Jane W. Eller, November 8, 2006

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:06 - Early childhood and family occupations

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Partial Transcript: This is Dale Johnson with Eastern Kentucky Pride Incorporated and today I'm interviewing Jane Eller in Somerset, Kentucky at the Center for Rural Development and the date is November 8th, 2006.

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses where she grew up and went to school. Eller also discusses her parents' and grandparents' occupations.

Keywords: Black lung; Charleston (W. Va.); Coal mining; DuPont; Gas fields; Grandfathers; Grandparents; Jobs; Rand (W. Va.); University of Kentucky

Subjects: Careers; Childhood; Coal mines and mining; Families; Occupations

00:02:32 - "Double life" and beginning of environmental awareness

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Partial Transcript: Uh, do you, do you remember much about your first home?

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses her "double life" growing up, living with grandparents in the summers and her parents during the school year. Eller discusses the different amenities that each of her homes had. Eller discusses how her maternal grandmother impacted her environmental awareness.

Keywords: "Double life"; Coal mines; Grandmothers; Grandparents; Indoor plumbing; Outhouses; Rural areas; Sewers; Springs; Strip mines; Wells

Subjects: Childhood; Coal mines and mining.; Environmentalism; Families.; Plumbing.; Refuse and refuse disposal; Septic tanks; Sewerage; Strip mining

00:09:02 - Interest in environmental education

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Partial Transcript: Uh, d, does that have some, um, point about how you got into environmental education?

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses the various factors that led to her interest in environmental education, including time spent outdoors in her childhood, her family, and music.

Keywords: 1960s; Children; Grandchildren; Grandkids; Grandmothers; Kids; Sixties

Subjects: Childhood; Environmental education.; Environmentalism; Families; Music; Nineteen sixties.; Social movements

00:12:00 - Education, marriages, and work with the Methodist Church

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Partial Transcript: You grew--you pretty much grew up around Charleston and then--

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses her college education and her marriages. Eller also discusses how her education and her work with the Methodist Church led to her interest in environmental education.

Keywords: Colleges; Cultural differences; Grad school; Graduate education; Graduate school; Undergraduate education; Universities; University of Kentucky; World hunger

Subjects: Anthropology; Divorce; Education; Environmental education.; Environmentalism; Marriage; Medical anthropology; Methodist Church; Methodists; Political science; Spouses; Universities and colleges; Universities and colleges--Graduate work.

00:15:31 - Consumption habits / the shared experience of motherhood

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Partial Transcript: So, I learned even more there about the uneven distribution of resources.

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses how she attempted to reduce her consumption and how her experience of motherhood made her feel connected to mothers worldwide.

Keywords: Consumption; Distribution of resources; Resources

Subjects: Environmentalism; Motherhood; Mothers; Vegetarianism; Vegetarians

00:17:21 - Anthropology studies and Appalachian identity

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Partial Transcript: That sounds interest--is, so, anthropology a lot of times you're always looking at other cultures instead of your own, so did you have like--

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses the culture areas she focused on during her anthropology degree. Eller also discusses how her identity as an Appalachian evolved and how it led her to PRIDE.

Keywords: Appalachia; Appalachian culture; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Stereotypes

Subjects: Anthropology; Appalachian Region.; Poor; Poverty; Rural poor.

00:20:16 - Work in the state government and beginnings with PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: Now you've--somehow you ended up in state government?

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses her work with the Kentucky Environmental Education Council and how that led to her involvement in PRIDE.

Keywords: James Bickford; Jobs; Kentucky Environmental Education Council; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); State government

Subjects: Careers; Environmental education; Environmentalism; Occupations

00:23:11 - Issues with pre-existing environmental education programs

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Partial Transcript: Anyway, they, uh, they, uh, sat down and talked to me for, I don't know, an hour or two hours, and I asked them, just kind of straightforwardly, 'cause environmental education is a real interesting field.

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses programs that already existed that didn't help much, like environmental education fairs and poster contests. Eller discusses how PRIDE took environmental education seriously from the beginning.

Keywords: Environmental education fairs; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Poster contests

Subjects: Education; Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism

00:27:54 - Working with PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: The--so--even, um, through all the different directors up til Richard and everything, you were always kind of there on the sidelines--

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses the work she does in collaboration with the PRIDE organization. Eller also discusses training for environmental educators.

Keywords: Environmental education endorsement; Environmental protection; Non-formal education; Training; Units of study

Subjects: Continuing education; Education; Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Non-formal education.; Teachers

00:32:39 - PRIDE funds for environmental education

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Partial Transcript: Well I was just kind of curious about how, um, your agen--so, PRIDE was really serendipitous for you because it gave you, it gave you the financial incentive to the schools to push more environmental education.

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses how PRIDE helps fund environmental education programs all over Kentucky.

Keywords: Coal industry; Colleges; Funding; Grants; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Sierra Club

Subjects: Education; Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Universities and colleges

00:36:54 - Increasing involvement in PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: What, what would be good to talk about then with your involvement in PRIDE?

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses how her involvement in the PRIDE organization increased over the years. Eller also discusses the plans for the Riverwoods nature center.

Keywords: Canopy walks; Nature centers; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Riverwoods

Subjects: Education; Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism

00:40:59 - Contributions to PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: And, um, but I've noticed that, um, well, s--the same thing--conclusion I came to after interviewing all these folks that education was the way to go.

Segment Synopsis: Eller discusses her involvement in organizations outside of PRIDE and how that helps her in PRIDE. Eller also discusses how unique PRIDE is.

Keywords: Eastern Kentucky; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Local environment; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Pew Research Center; Test scores

Subjects: Education; Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; North American Association for Environmental Education; United States. Environmental Protection Agency.