Bridle Path Kit - 98" X 98"

Bridle Path is Lynn Wilder's tribute to brave women of the 1930's American Depression Era. These women were hired through the newly-formed Work Progress Administration by President Franklin D. Roosevelt with the purpose of putting Americans to work during and following the Depression. Eleanor Roosevelt sought to create jobs specifically for women, beginning with the Packhorse Librarian Program, the first traveling "bookmobile". Women were paid $28 per month to transport books deep into the hollers and mountains of Kentucky by horseback and mules. These brave women (along with a few men) put their lives at risk as they carried books into inaccessible and remote places on a daily basis. They brought literacy to the mountains through terrible storms, rising creeks and rivers, and wild animals, and the fact that some were resistant to the written word. These were the obstacles the Packhorse Librarians faced.