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Reading, 'Riting & Reorganization Program Now Available for Purchase on DVD

Reading, 'Riting & Reorganization is an oral history program about two important events in the history of public education after World War II and how they affected public schools in Jefferson County. The first event was the state-mandated consolidation and reorganization of rural one room schools into school districts. The second was the integration of public schools after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

Nineteen people who experienced these events firsthand as students, teachers or administrators in Jefferson County schools were interviewed, and their recollections and memorabilia are the focus of this 50 minute video program. The interviews were conducted and edited by local historians Carole Goggins and LaDonna Garner, with additional research provided by Loretta Ponzar (Jefferson County History Center-Jefferson College), Christine Merseal (Genealogy & Local History Collection, Jefferson County Library), and Betty Olson (Local History Collection, De Soto Public Library). Tom Struckhoff and Matt Keeney of JCTV at Jefferson College produced the program.

A limited number of copies on DVD are available for purchase. Call Chris Merseal at the Northwest Branch at 636-677-8689. The cost is $10 per DVD, plus postage and handling (when applicable). Payment in advance is required, by cash or check made out to Jefferson County Library with History Video Project in the memo line. Chris will be taking orders starting October 1st, until our supply runs out.

Copies of the program were donated to every public library, public school district, and historical society in Jefferson County.

Preview Video Program

Reading, 'Riting & Reorganization is the first in a planned series of oral history programs documenting the history and development of Jefferson County after World War II. The History Video Project is a collaborative venture of Jefferson County Library, JCTV and the Jefferson County History Center at Jefferson College, with the assistance of other public libraries and historical societies in Jefferson County. Major funding was provided by a federal Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant made available through the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and administered by the Missouri State Library.