About the Book
Silent Matriarchs tells the story of one line of matriarchs who were brought together by life's circumstances to forge a path through the American frontier along the Appalachian foothills of Eastern Kentucky during a time when simple amenities were nonexistent.
The story of Hannah, Mahala, Adeline, Mary Elizabeth, Stella, and Effie is one of life, love, and personal tribulations marked with the demonstration of immense will and determination. Women such as these are found in most everyone's past but in many cases the accounts of how they were molded to became the cement that bound families and communities for a successful future have been lost to the silence of loss.
Few before these women - and many after – have left legacies by becoming vocal advocates of various causes or events but during these women's time a greater number remained silent; making their way with actions rather than words.
Silent Matriarchs is just one example of the long overdue recognition these women deserve but more than that, it serves as a valuable lesson that actions may be the loudest measure of love and inspiration.
Features & Details
Jennifer spent nearly fifteen years serving as an emergency service practitioner, supervisor, and later, agency director before moving on to a second career. The following decade found her working as a Learning Architect for a private company, named Teleologic, while moonlighting for Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) as a research analyst. During that time she was involved in public safety programs for first responders at EKU and aided in the development and support of a Certificate Program at the Institute for Preventive Strategies (IPS), located at the Center for Rural Development. After leaving EKU and Teleologic she continued working as an analyst for the Center for Civil Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. In 2009, Jennifer's research experience, love for family, and desire to preserve the memory of a fading culture led her to begin the journey to complete Silent Matriarchs. Five years later, she's able to share that story.