Kathleen Povolny

Kathleen Povolny


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Kathleen Povolny


Cole Steinberg


Cole Steinberg


Baby Boom Generation (1946-1964)


Battle Creek

Document Type

Oral History

Date of Interview



Battle Creek, Saint Paul, 1954


Oral History | Psychology


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Kathleen Povolny is a Caucasian female born June 11th, 1954. She is an only child and grew up in Battle Creek. She was very close to her parents and also paternal grandmother as well. Her father worked for the Minneapolis post office and her mother was a stay-at-home mother. Her father was Catholic and her mother was Protestant. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Povolny grew up religious with going to church every Sunday and with going to Sunday school but is not aligned with religion anymore. Povolny reflects back to how her family was frugal but always having enough money for what they needed. She remembers enjoying time with friends, exploring the woods, and going to lakes around Minnesota and Wisconsin. Povolny often rode bikes around the neighborhood with her friends and doing activities at different friends' houses. She remembers the freedom of being able to go wherever they wanted to play as long as they got back before supper time. At the end of the interview Povolny reflects on some of the larger global issues impacting the world but not necessarily impacting her neighborhood. She remembers major events like the war protests, Bobby Kennedy being shot, and the Kent State shootings.

Kathleen Povolny



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