Tenderfoot Teacher: Letters from the Big Bend, 1952-1954

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Mai 2002



In January 1952, Aileen Kilgore was teaching forty-three fourth graders at a public school in Northport, Alabama. Her life, filled with lesson preparations, inservice meetings, countywide meetings, and special projects, seemed grim, and she resolved to change it.Remembering tales she'd heard of the Big Bend region in Texas, she wrote to the school board at Alpine, applying for a position. To her surprise an offer came back to teach at a new school within the Big Bend National Park. She accepted.The young schoolteacher was at first overwhelmed by Big Bend -- the wildness, the limitless space, the isolation, and the exuberant Texas children. But she soon came to love the area and the people.During her first year at Panther Junction, she met one special ranger named Art Henderson. When he was transferred to the Blue Ridge Parkway that summer, there was a hole in her life.During her two years at Panther Junction, Aileen wrote long and frequent letters -- to her father working for the railroad at Boligee, Alabama, to her mother and sister living in Brookwood, Alabama, to her sisters in Tuscaloosa and San Diego, and finally, the second year, to Art Henderson. Those edited letters make up this book.


AILEEN and ART HENDERSON now live in her family home in Brookwood, Alabama. Arthur Henderson is a retired naturalist/historian who spent several years with the National Park Service. Aileen Kilgore Henderson is the author of Treasure of Panther Peak, a juvenile adventure novel set in Big Bend National Park.

EAN: 9780875652641
ISBN: 0875652646
Untertitel: 'Chisholm Trail'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2002
Seitenanzahl: 162 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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