Kenilworth Historical Society celebrates Book Lover’s Day – Union News Daily


Karen DeMaio, Kenilworth Historical Society Board Member and Historical Performer, filmed at the Oswald J. Nitschke House, presents “That Book Woman” as part of the society’s “Keeping History Strong” virtual series.

KENILWORTH, NJ – The Kenilworth Historical Society has released a new virtual program highlighting the history of the Pack Horse Library Project of Eastern Kentucky, an initiative that between 1935 and 1943 brought pack-horse librarians, books and hope for isolated and impoverished Kentuckians. living in the remote mountainous areas of the state which were among the hardest hit by the Great Depression. The project is considered one of the most innovative programs of the Works Progress Administration, which was established in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, through the New Deal Relief Initiative, to create paid employment for the unemployed and to promote social and cultural awareness in the post-Depression years. The Kenilworth Public Library, completed in 1936, was one of many public works / construction projects carried out by the WPA, which in 1939 was renamed the Work Projects Administration.

The Kenilworth Historical Society‘s Pack Horse Library project video features a brief introduction to the project and a reading by Karen DeMaio, board member and historical performer, of the “That Book Woman” picture book, written by Heather Henson , with images by David Small, and published by Atheneum Books for young readers. Although the book is aimed at children, its message is relevant to all age groups.

This new presentation of the Kenilworth Historical Society’s Keeping History Strong virtual programming series launched on August 9, on Book Lovers’ Day. It is available for viewing, along with other offerings in the Historical Society’s “Keeping History Strong” series, through the organization’s website at

The program was filmed at the Oswald J. Nitschke House Museum, in the seat of former Kenilworth Mayor Oswald J. Nitschke, 1867-1934, with equipment funded by a recently awarded New Jersey Historical Commission COVID-19 grant. . The grant also provides products and services that will help ensure the safe reopening of the Oswald J. Nitschke House Living History Museum and Cultural Arts Center in October.

Oswald J. Nitschke House is one of the last 19th century farmhouses in Kenilworth. It depicts and interprets everyday life in the early 1900s, particularly that of late 19th and early 20th century immigrants in a developing suburb. For more information, call 908-709-0434.

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