Oral history book comes to fruition

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By Jesse Osbourne


A graduate of Willisburg High School will be holding a reception and book signing for her new book, “Journey to the Past: Willisburg and Tatham Springs,” on Friday in Willisburg.

The author, Eudora Gwinn Thompson Hahn, will be at Willisburg City Hall from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Sun featured Hahn and her 38-year journey to compile the series of oral histories in an August edition.
Hahn told The Sun then that she had been collecting oral histories from Willisburg and Tatham Springs residents since the 1970s.
The author is a retired English and journalism teacher in Bullitt County, where she currently resides.
She told The Sun that she got the idea for the book while attending graduate school at Western Kentucky University in 1974.
Hahn said her grandmother was also a historian, and that she believes her own interest in history came from listening to her grandmother and seeing her work.
She said in August that the book focuses on the early 1900s through the early 1960s.
In the August story, Hahn noted the contrast between Willisburg’s past and that of Tatham Springs, despite only being separated by six miles.
A portion of the book focuses on Tatham Springs thriving during the summer months when 4-H campers came to town and the local hotel was at the peak of its popularity.
Byron Crawford, a former Courier-Journal columnist who now writes for Kentucky Living, had a glowing review of the book.
“If country stores and churches, one-room schools, burley tobacco, Warm Morning stoves, big families, Lum N’ Abner and milking cows by hand are a part of your past, this book will leave you feeling as though you’ve just been back for a community reunion,” Crawford said in a review.
Hahn is a graduate of Campbellsville University and earned masters degrees from WKU and the University of Louisville.
Reservations for the book can be made at www.facebook.com/TathamSprings or Hahn can be contacted by mail at 2674 Stringer Ln., Mt. Washington, or by phone at (502) 836-8820.
Those planning to attend the book signing can RSVP at the Facebook page or by calling Hahn at the number listed in the last paragraph.