Seeing Herself: A Woman's Journey from Kentucky to Europe in 1929

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Program or Course

INF 400

Academic Level at Time of Creation



English Literature


Information Studies

Date of Creation

Spring 2018


In May of 1929, Mary Roark left the small town of Greenville, Kentucky to take a three-month journey abroad. At just 22 years old, Mary did not let age or gender stop her from seeing the many sights that Europe had to offer. Seeing the world outside of her small town not only allowed her to learn more about other cultures, but also showed her just what she herself was capable of doing. This video chronicles her trip abroad, showcasing photos, souvenirs, journal entries, expense ledgers, and letters home from Mary herself.

Special thank you to Carol McClure, Mary's daughter, for sharing her voice and loaning these materials to the University Libraries for this project.


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