A group of about 10 people set off from the Maecheon Library in Gurye-gun, which has a gable roof that resembles Mt. Jirisan. There are long-established stores and neighbors in Bongseong-ro, Gurye-eup, from the library to the Gurye Police Station. Seongnam Yi Yong-won, which opened in 1975 as a ‘Gurye-eup social culture venue’ and has been loved by regulars for decades, Dong-A Bookstore, which is still in business today thanks to the 50-year legacy of ‘Legendary Salesman Park, Dong-A Publishing House’, three generations of the Wang clan. A prosperous Chinese restaurant that has been around for over 80 years… . Old people and people who have a story as heavy and thick as the years they spent together are the protagonists of this year’s ‘Humanities on the Library Road’ program at the Maecheon Library in Gurye-gun. Another protagonist is the participants of this program held 20 times from May to September under the theme of ‘Gurye Geography, a Guide to the Old Life of Gurye-eup’. All of the participants became ‘writers’ and covered and recorded old sights and famous people in Gurye-eup. The publication commemorative meeting and follow-up meeting of the book that compiled the records were held on the 6th at the Maecheon Library in Gurye-gun. The participants, who had been gathered together for a long time, had time to share their experiences and explore the places in the book together. “When I first started ‘Humanities on the Road to the Library’ in 2015, I thought that if I approached the space called Gurye and the stories of the people there as a medium, the residents would be more comfortable with the humanities. So, we met and discussed with Lim Hyun-soo, the head of the Jirisan Clan Cooperative, which runs the Jirisan Village School, and decided to organize the program together.” Librarian Cho Hyun-ok, who has been in charge of planning and operating the program for 7 years, said, “At the time, I never thought that a humanities program with Gurye as a medium would be a series.” In the first year of 2015, a program was conducted to explore history, geography, and culture while walking the Jirisan Dulle-gil, attracting response and participation from local residents. In 2018, local high school students heard and recorded the lives of mothers in their 70s and published a book. Over the years, the ‘Humanities on the Library Road’ of the Maecheon Library in Gurye-gun has established itself as a ‘Gurye Humanities’ series that explores the life, history, culture, environment and geography of Gurye. There are two related clubs supported by the library and formed voluntarily by the residents who participated in the program for continuous research and activities. It is a club that studies the modern and contemporary history of Gurye and a club that makes picture books about Gurye. Writer Park Soo-hyeon, who edited and guided other residents’ writing, was born in Gurye and lived in Seoul, but came back to her hometown for several years to write. Mr. Seong-dae, who covered the Taeyang Photo Studio, returned to farming five years ago and is enjoying the joys of living in Gurye. Jeong Seong-im, who covered the Bomun Sanghoe, a regular hanbok shop of his deceased mother, is a native among the locals. In Gurye, where there is a large population of repatriating villages, ‘humanities on the library road’ of Gurye-gun Maecheon Library has been ‘Humanities on the Library Road’ in Gurye-gun, while ‘foreign things’ and ‘universities’ have gathered together to unravel the stories of Gurye, the people of Gurye, and the people of Gurye. It has become the sincerity and birthplace of ‘local humanities’. Gurye/Writing/Photo Freelance writer Lee Mi-kyung
Maecheon Library, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do The participants of ‘Humanities on the Road to the Library in 2021’ visited old-established stores and living spots in Gurye-eup this year and published a book called Writings and Photographs. Participants gathered at the Maecheon Library in Gurye-gun on the 6th had a follow-up meeting and publication commemorative party to share their thoughts and looked around the places in the book together.