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OH047 Dolly Gillahan Oral History

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Murray State University
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Murray, Kentucky 42071

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Dolly Gillahan Oral History

Collection Title: West Kentucky History and Culture – Land Between the Lakes Series

Series Number: OH047

Interviewee: Gillahan, Dolly, 1907-

Interviewer: David Sullivan

Date interviewed: July 14, 1976 and June 23, 1976

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: March 9, 2010

Description: 2 sound discs (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Abstract: Dolly Gillahan discusses folklore and folk medicine in the Land Between the Lakes region of Kentucky. She describes home cures and remedies and the role of superstition and tradition involved with marriages, deaths and illness. She explains dreams and visions in regard to weather forecasting and prophecy. Gillahan further discusses the practice of the arts and crafts in the region, the construction of log buildings, farm life and food preservation. She concludes explaining how she organized the first Parents Teachers Association in the Fenton, Kentucky.

Biographical / Historical note: Dolly Gillahan was born in Land Between the Lakes area of Kentucky in 1907. She grew up in the Fenton, Kentucky where she attended public school and later taught.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Land Between the Lakes (Ky. and Tenn.)

Fenton Community (Ky.)

Country life – Kentucky – Trigg County.

Folklore – Kentucky.

Kentucky – Social life and customs.

Traditional medicine – Land Between the Lakes (Ky. and Tenn.)

Teachers – Kentucky – Trigg County.

Research Notes:  Index and abstract included with oral history.