Goals at The One Room Schoolhouse: * Help families write and document their genealogy & history. Each family's history is a part of America's history. * Explore new ways to celebrate family. * Complete a series of postcard books dedicated to Louisville and Kentucky history.
Betty Southard Stokes
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Kentucky Postcard Books
Thursday, August 20, 2009
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'The Amazing Race', Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
What a fun way to kick off a new school year!
June 23, 2016
'Postcards from Abe'
Postcards from Abraham Lincoln, written to his friend Joshua Speed's mother, Lucy Speed, at Farmington Plantation in Louisville, Kentucky, are pretend. Despite the fact that this fun and educational book may not contain true artifacts, 'Postcards from Abe' provides an honest recollection of Lincoln's childhood, challenges, and career, culminating in his being elected to serve as the 16th president of the United States of America. Illustrations by Emry Quinn.
I have compiled a nice collection of lessons on Lincoln & the Civil War to go with my 'Postcards from Abe' book (in the works)
Dr. Thomas Mackey
"'Postcards from Abe' makes Abraham Lincoln accessible to young learners. Historically accurate, the postcards humanize Lincoln as a child himself and as a young person facing the challenges of life, just like other children of his age, and all ages. These postcards from Lincoln to his friend's mother, Lucy Speed, chronicle the story of Lincoln's life from his Kentucky roots, to his life growing up in Indiana, to his move to Illinois and his move again to Washington and national prominence. Pulling no punches on the hard issues of Lincoln's life from the death of his mother to his struggle for self-education to his mature struggles with our Civil War and the problem of slavery, Betty Southard Stokes's writing carries the human story along while Emry Quinn's illustrations support and enrich the text. 'Postcards from Abe' is a much welcomed addition to the young adult literature on Abraham Lincoln." - -
Dr. Thomas Mackey, University of Louisville professor of history and Lincoln Scholar
Parents should check out this new website. It is created to assist parents help their children (elementary, middle & high) to be successful. (click image)
Presentation to 'Daughters of American Colonels' Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Wildwood Country Club. The gals were very interested in creative ways to get younger family members involved with the stories of their ancestors.
Mellwood Art Fair
Mellwood Art Fair, Saturday & Sunday, September 12th & 13th, 2015. I will be in the lobby with my books. Hope to see you there. Stop by and say hello!
The Kentucky Postcard Books
Stokes is presently working on 'Postcards from Abe' (Abraham Lincoln).
'Famous frontiersman Daniel Boone wouldn't have intended his postcards home from the wilderness to teach young and old about American history and life in pioneer Kentucky, but they do - that is if he had written them.
Boone didn't, but retired educator Betty Stokes has written them for Daniel. With 'Postcards from Daniel, 1755-1784; Daniel Boone writes from the Kentucky wilderness, Betty has written yet another history lesson with a Kentucky focus for young readers (and adult too!). Writing as if Daniel himself were sending postcards to his family in North Carolina, the reader learns about his life, wilderness adventures, relationships with American Indians, and settling pioneer Kentucky.
Combined with Emry Quinn's colorful illustrations depicting scenes from Boone's life, 'Postcards from Daniel' is a wonderful way to teach history in an engaging and easy manner.
Not to be forgotten are Betty's two earlier postcards books: 'Postcards from George' and 'Postcards from William' chronicle the adventures of the famous Clark brothers in frontier Kentucky (General George Rogers Clark) and success on the Lewis & Clark Expedition (Captain William Clark). They, too, are educational and engaging and an excellent way to make learning history easy and enjoyable. All of Betty's postcards books should be on young Kentuckians' book shelves.
Jim Holmberg, Filson Historical Society
2015 Southern Kentucky Book Festival
I will be at the Southern Kentucky Book Festival 2355 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY
Friday, April 17th & Saturday, Saturday 18th
with: 'Postcards from Daniel', 'Postcards from George', and 'Postcards from William'
Helping our Belle of Louisville Celebrate 100th Birthday
Betty Southard Stokes, Bev Alexander, Marianne Wallace, & Carol Butler
When I was the principal at Trunnell Elementary, I wrote the skits, collected the music, and produced this 'Old Time Radio Show'. John Gage was our MC. John & Shelly Corder taught the childrren the music. Our show included sound effects, just like old time radio. KET came out and did a cover story on this project, we were broadcast on NPR and we got a nice write up in the Louisville Courier-Journal. (clip image to hear the entire show)
Sharing Workshop: numerous ways to get our younger generation interested in their family stories.
McConnell Scholars from across Kentucky
Elementary, middle, and high school teachers looking for new creative ways to teach social studies attended November workshop at The One Room Schoolhouse (w/ Betty Southard Stokes). On the surveys filled completed for the University of Louisville, this workshop rated the highest score of all the experiences offered! - A+++!
University of Louisville, McConnell Scholars
Betty Southard Stokes leading the group. Hosted by The One Room Schoolhouse
McConnell Center from University of Louisville
McConnell Scholar Ben Gies leading the group.
University of Louisville, McConnell Center
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Elementary, middle, and high school teachers from across Kentucky will be looking at new creative ways to teach history and hook students with 'the need to know more of the story', at The One Room Schoolhouse. Hosted by the University of Louisville's McConnell Center. co-leaders: Ben Gies & Betty Southard Stokes
2014 Kentucky Book Fair
Saturday, Nov 15th, Betty Southard Stokes will be at the Kentucky Book Fair, in Frankfort, KY, making her Kentucky Postcard Books available to librarians, teachers, and families.
Celebrating the Belle of Louisville's 100 Bday
Betty Southard Stokes will be on the Ohio River's front the week of October 14th - 19th sharing her Kentucky Postcard Books about William Clark, George Rogers Clark, and Daniel Boone.
Kentucky Reading Association
Friday, October 17th, Betty Southard Stokes will slip away from the riverfront to attend a reception and book share for educators and local authors at the Galt House, Louisville.
General Marquis Calmes DAR chapter
Versailles, Kentucky, October 4, 2014
"The Woodford Sun'
Versailles, Kentucky's local newspaper - September 25, 2014
McConnell Center, Univeristy of Louisville
Planning teacher inservice for elementary, middle, & high school teachers from across Kentucky. Workshops to be held at The One Room Schoolhouse.
Projects displayed . . . .
. . . at The One Room Schoolhouse
U of L, McConnell Center
Planning teacher workshops for the University of Louisville's McConnell Center with Ben Gies. Thinking outside the box!
Jim Holmberg of Filson Historical Society
Jim supports the 'Kentucky Postcard Project'.
Book Signing 1
Mellwood Art Fair, September 6th & 7th, 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville, KY 40216 from 10 AM to 6 PM. I'll be stationed in the front lobby overlooking the walkway to the patio.
Book Signing 2
The Gallery Janjobe at Mellwood Art Center is going to have a book signing event for me on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. They have promised refreshments. Hope to see you there. Betty : 0)
Book Signing 3
I'll be at the 'Centennial Festival of Riverboats' being held on Louisville's waterfront from October 14 - 19, 2014, celebrating the Belle of Louisville's 100th Birthday. Hope to see you there.
During this same week, on October 17th from noon to 2PM, I will be part of the Kentucky Reading Association Conference at the Galt House @4th & Main, Louisville's riverfront.
Book Signing 4
Kentucky Book Fair Frankfort, KY Saturday, November 15, 2014
'Postcards from Daniel'
"Postcards from Daniel" is finally here! I'm so excited. I feel like a child after a long wait for Santa. This project has taken four years, but worth the wait. YEAH!
The One Room Schoolhouse . . .
. . played host to EHS Class of 68 Reunion Planning
Eastern High School is located in Middletown, Kentucky
. . . . this is new
photo opp . . . .
at The One Room Schoolhouse
'Who Do You Think You Are?"
Ancestry.com's "Who Do You Think You Are" returns July 23rd. It will be on TLC and will feature Cynthia Nixon, Valerie Bertinelli, and Kelsey Grammer.
Helping Sue Ballard of Elizabethtown, KY with her manuscript on Rebecca Bryan Boone's life. Proofing her copy for historical events, plus sharing my maps of Indian attacks and the family tree I created of the Bryan-Boone-Strode connections!
The One Room Schoolhouse is a delightful new concept created by Louisville educator Betty Southard Stokes. With more than 36 years experience in public and private schools as a teacher and administrator, Stokes has been recognized numerous times for outstanding service. The Jefferson County School District nominated her as a candidate for outstanding Kentucky Teacher in 1983. Betty was awarded Outstanding Social Studies Teacher by the Kentucky Council of Social Studies Teachers in 1985 and Outstanding Teacher for Environmental Education by the Kentucky Environmental Education Association in 1988. Between 1985 and 1989, Betty published educational packets with the Portland Museum and was featured on KET's EDUCATION NOTEBOOK. The National Education Association (NEA) recognized Mrs. Stokes with their A+ Award and she received a Stand Up Award from the Jefferson County Board of Education. The latter two awards were for neighborhood history projects that she initiated and designed. In 1987, the Jefferson County Board of Education trusted Betty with the task of creating magnet programs at six elementary schools. From 1990-2005, as a principal, her school's enrollment more than doubled and test scores continually progressed. In 2010, a Leadership LouisvilleLouisville Connector and a recipient of theKentucky Historical Society'sAward of Distinction.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Afternoon Lecture Series, free, 1 PM Historic Locust Grove "Tracing William Croghan's Roots" Be ready to take notes and learn how to use ancestry.com by tracing William Croghan’s genealogy. Participants will also enjoy a share session of creative ways to engage children and grandchildren with their ancestors and family history.
October 19, 20127PM 1320 South 4th St, Old Louisville, Woman's Club of Louisville auditorium Producing an old time radio show production of The Wonderful Wizard of OZ at the Woman's Club of Louisville. The play will raise funds for Indian Summer Camp (camp for children & teens fighting cancer). Audience will sing songs with us and help with some of the dialogue.
Children in attendance will be candidates for walk-on parts. Audience participation. All proceeds go to charity for women & children in need: adults $10/children $5. Free pre-show family activities.
YPAS Variety Show for Indian Summer Camp place: Woman's Club of Louisville, S. 4th Street date: Friday, January 10, 2014 time: 5PM food & PM show cost: $5 children (12 yrs & younger) $10 adults starring: students from the Youth Performing Arts School
October 2016 Helping plan a family reunion with family games, posters, readers' theater, paperdolls, placemats, and a scavenger hunt.
Youth Performing Arts Variety Show
I coordinated this show to raise funds for Indian Summer Camp. The Kentucky camp is held each summer for children & teens fighting all kinds of cancer! (click photo for more information) Pictured here are: Julia Smith and Abby Helm
Variety Show to benefit 'Indian Summer Camp'. This camp is held each summer in Bagdad, KY for children and teens fighting cancer. Doctors, nurses, and counselors all volunteer their time. The money we raise will go toward sporting equipment and craft supplies.
place: Woman's Club of Louisville, S. 4th Street, by Central Park date: Friday, January 10, 2014 time: 5 PM food & 7PM showtime cost: $5 children (12 yrs & younger) $10 adults starring: students from the Youth Performing Arts School
Hope to see you there!
We raised $2,000 at my October 2012 production of "The Wonderful Wizard of OZ". A check for said was given to Indian Summer Camp May 2013.
PBS series on Family Ancestry: I found a show on PBS called "Faces of America". It is very inspiring. The ancestors of famous people are traced and shared with each celebrity. Each one filled with surprises. You can find all six episodes at www.hulu.com/
"Who Do You Think You Are?" 3rd season starts February 2012 season 3stars: Martin Sheen (Feb 3rd) and Marisa Tomei (Feb 10th) Others featured this season: Blair Underwood, Reba McEntire, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rashida Jones, Jerome Bettis, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen/2011 season 2stared: Vanessa Williams, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O'Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, and Lionel Richie/2010 season 1stared:Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brook Shields, and Susan Sarandon share what they've learned about their ancestors. The replays are offered at hulu.com/
“Many people are interested in knowing more about their heritage, but have no idea how to begin. I hope "Who Do You Think You Are?" will encourage people to move from interest to action and take advantage of the many resources available.” Janet A. Alpert, President, National Genealogical Society
“The show is going to have a major impact on societies, conferences and family history in general...This will do for genealogy what Roots did for it in the late 1970s.” Pat Oxley, President, Federation of Genealogical Societies
Help with School Projects
Our students are getting 'A's on class projects and oral presentations.
Kentucky Historical Society
Award of Distinction
The One Room Schoolhouse is proud to be recognized by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Historical Confederation of Kentucky with their Award of Distinction. The award was presented to Betty Southard Stokes at the Old State Capital in Frankfort, Friday, November 5, 2010.
Chosen out of numerous nominations from across the commonwealth, this award recognizes the best history achievements and projects relating to state and local history. It is an opportunity to recognize the hard work of those who cherish Kentucky history. It honors individuals and programs that provide all of us with connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future.
Bellarmine University's Continuing & Professional Studies
past offerings at Bellarmine
Documenting Your Genealogy and Family History Discover how to preserve and document your family's history through stories, photographs, artifacts, news clippings and mementos. We'll add a modern twist by exploring the pros and cons of using blogs and internet sites like ancestry.com to expand your efforts. Learn a variety of ways to preserve sepia photos and how to engage children in preserving family stories and family artifacts. Charismatic Kentuckians Part local history, part language arts, part theater production, this camp does it all. You'll enjoy a journey through Kentucky's storied past as you participate in a scavenger hunt during a field trip to Locust Grove; write a tall tale about a famous Kentuckian with similes, metaphors, and idioms; and perform in an original short play about George Rogers Clark.
Historic Locust Grove
√ Presently serve on Locust Grove's Education Committee
√ Summer 2012, made presentation: "Tracing William Croghan's Roots" Participants learned tools on ancestry.com by tracing William Croghan’s genealogy and enjoyed a share session of creative ways to engage children and grandchildren with ancestors and family history.
√ April 2012, Volunteers at Historic Locust Grove presented my 'George Rogers Clark, American Hero' skit at a special dinner. I was delighted. Everyone laughed in all the right places! YEAH! None of the humor was at GRC's expense. ( : - D
√ Fall 2011, designed a game for school field trips.
√ Winter 2011, created a poster for winners of a fall photo contest.
√ Fall 2009, made a presentation on "Photo Genealogy" at Historic Locust Grove. Follow-up classes were offered.
√ I participated at George Rogers Clark's cabin, Falls of the Ohio. They celebrate Clark Days every fall.
√ Clark's Point, Falls of the Ohio
Filson Historical Society presentation
"Photo Genealogy" presentation to members of Filson Historical Society
Presentation at Filson Historical Society We had a full house. Extra chairs had to be set up.
Daughters of the American Revolution
I have numerous upcoming presentations for various local chapters of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). The topic is "Recording your Family History is Unique Ways"
Piankeshaw Chapter DAR, Indiana
√ Thursday, Mar 11, 2010, Betty made a presentation at Piankeshaw Chapter's monthly meeting. Here she is with Carlene "Boots" Price.
"Thank you! I thought I was crazy to save things from the past. I will enjoy telling my relatives about your blog and endeavors to record your families' history." Leddie Criss
Fincastle Chapter DAR, Kentucky
√ Betty made a presentation at the Frazier House, October 2009.
Fincastle Charter DAR
Betty, Thank you for presenting such an interesting program on "Documenting Family History". You gave me new ideas on how to present my family's story to future generations. I have written a family history, but your program gave me new insight. Carolyn Simpson
You shared some great points about preservation through using a computer. I was especially impressed with preservation of old sepia photographs. Thank you so much for sharing your family and good ideas with us. Tricia Langby
My oldest son was in town last weekend. I was telling him lots of family stories. He insists I should write them down, but don't know where to begin. I use Family Tree Maker. Will be in touch. Pat Hughes
How fortunate your family is to have you. Your love of family, history, and preservation is a God given talent. Priscilla Hill
John Marshall Chapter DAR, Kentucky
Great presentation! Very thorough and detailed. Want to create a genealogy blog for my family. Nancye Johnson
I loved your presentation. Great ideas plus the historic timeline. J. Hall
I love the way you have your website organized by surnames. Love the historic references inserted for each generation. Well done! Susan
Old Time Days in New Albany, Indiana
I participated with the Culbertson Mansion, East Main Street, New Albany, Indiana. They were celebrating their community's history.
If you are interested in history and working on your family's history, Betty Stokes is an inspiration. She has many hints on how to preserving family artifacts and sharing family stories with future generations. Colonial Dame XVII member
Betty gives unique attention to details most never would have thought to include. Her ideas bring the family stories to life. Jenny Penick Cox
Betty will inspire you to organize your genealogy into an engaging format. Ann Zeman
Thank you again for speaking at the Col George Reade CDXVIIC. I met Norma, our treasurer, at the bank yesterday. She said that Saturday's meeting was her favorite ever. It really was an inspiration to us all. Blessings Kathy Stoess Kessinger
In 1985, I helped the museum create a series of eight education packets. Some of them are still available. Click on the image to view the "Falls of Ohio" packet.
Neighborhood History projects
I worked with the Portland Museum & Dr. Tom Owen to create walking tour maps and neighborhood histories for Germantown, Jeffersontown, and the Trunnell Elementary community. Click on the image to view a packet from the Germantown project. The Germantown History project won an "A+ Award" from the National Education Association.
Let us help plan your family reunion. Games, scavenger hunts, poems and skits are all possible.
Reunion Invitations . . .
. . . should be personal!
Family Reunion Game
Create questions on ancestors and family mysteries.
Let's create a poster for your next family reunion. Each family attendee could go home with a souvenir. We would use your family photos.
If you have a special dinner at your reunion, you need special placemats made from your family photos.
"Postcards from George"
Click on the book cover to learn more about the postcard books.
"Postcards from Daniel"
Daniel Boone: manuscript written (proofed by a number of folks; illustrations done; design work done; shipment from the publisher expected by end of June 2014))
Getting Ready for . . .
Valentines @ The One Room Schoolhouse.
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