Interview Transcription Project

**I have entered the final two weeks of my campaign and am still short of my goal. Please remember any sized contribution brings my closer to my goal. I’ll spend the next two weeks showing you why you should contribute!**

Here he is: the man, the legend, Jerry Barnett. Jerry began at Camp Stahlman in 1964, worked for a few years, went off to Vietnam, and came back to camp briefly in 1970 and 1971. He went out in the world and returned to camp in 1980 as Parnell’s Activity Yard Director.

But it is his run from 1981 to 1992 as the Parnell/Craig Program Director for which Jerry is most known. Along with Tom Willhite and Ernie Ragsdale, Jerry defined the “middle era” of Old Hickory Boxwell.

I interviewed Jerry on November 5, 2016. We spoke about his time in the 1960s, his time as Kitchen Director, working the Commissioner system, Ward Akers, Ed Human, Ernie Ragsdale, a host of other characters, and of course his run as Program Director.

The interview ran almost four hours and needs to be transcribed. Indeed, since this interview, Jerry and I also toured the sites for the Linton Boxwell and the Narrows of the Harpeth Boxwells together; these were also recorded journeys that should be transcribed.

Part of what makes Jerry’s story so intriguing is how it follows the arc of baby boomers. Baby boomers overwhelmed Boxwell in the 1960s and early 1970s. So impactful was the experience, several returned in later years or were involved in other aspects Council politics and program. The story of Boxwell can’t be told without the baby boomers and it is part of the story I want to tell.

Please, help me reach my goal. Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: to get this interview transcribed so I can produce a history of Camp Boxwell for its centennial in 2021.


Jerry Barnett at his home, November 2016


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