The Laurel County Public Library Online Collection is a selection of local and regional historic materials formatted digitally for public use. This is an ongoing project, intended to provide access to materials previously unavailable to the public.
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Sue Bennett College in London played an instrumental role in the lives of thousands of young men and women between the years of 1896 through 1997. Founded by the Women's Parsonage Missionary Society for the purpose of leading people in a Christian direction, the school served as a grammar school, high school, teacher's normal school, two year college and eventually a four year college. It's doors officially closed in 1997. Today the campus, known as the Bennett Center, serves as a non-profit hub for the community. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors.
The public library would like to express deep appreciation to Jim Hays for his generosity and insight during this phase of our project.
The history of schools in Laurel county dates as early as 1817 with the first mention of a one room school house next to Big Laurel River. Laurel County has seen many changes since then. In an effort to preserve this valuable part of the community's history the library is making available yearbooks representing a variety of schools. London, Hazel Green, Bush, and Lily are of equal interest to thousands of Laurel Countians. We hope to present this information as it becomes available.
Our deep appreciation goes out to Judy Hoskins and G. C. Garland for lending their Bush yearbooks.