The Long Way Home Board-Game
AC 044


Summary Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
The Long Way Home Board Game
AC 044
Date 1996
1 Linear foot
Physical Description

Collection is arranged as follows:

Box 1: Physical copy of: The Long Way Home Board Game; Copies of newspaper articles related to the game, play program, background information.

Located in locked compact shelving, level 1.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Long Way Home Board Game, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Biographical/Historical Note

Jennifer Bunn earned from Radford University, a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Currirulum and Instruction (2004), and her endorsement in Library Science for K-12 (2008). She was named Virginia Lottery Super Teacher of the year in 2008, Indian Valley Elementary Teacher of the Year (2013), and Carrol County Teacher of the Year (2017-18). She is currently a Library Media Specialist at Hillsville Elementary School.

In 1996, Jennifer Bunn was a student at Radford University and took Appalachian Literature under Dr. Grace Toney Edwards. After completingthe book The Long Way Home, she chose to create a board bame about it as a final project in the class. Jennifer presented the game to the class and Dr. Edwards encouraged her to pursue having the game professionally published. Dr. Edwards put her in touch with Mr. Bob Nicholson who was part of the Radford Heritage Foundation and it was decided that the game could be published (using local business' as much as possible). Using Prestar Packaging in Christiansburg VA to make the boxes, Plymouth Inc in Radford VA to manufacture the board, Game Quest of Radford for the pawn pieces and dice, and Kinkos in Blacksburg VA to print the directions and background information about Mary Draper Ingles.

The first 115 copies of the game were special editions and were autographed by the cast and crew of the 1996 production of The Long Way Home. The games were sold locally at Books A Million, The Long Way Home giftshop, the Glencoe Museum, and the Radford University bookstore.

(Paraphrased information from Ms. Bunn. Her original notes are included in Folder 1.)


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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of game number 37 of the 115 special edition games she produced. Also included in the collection is a note containing background information about the game, copies of newspaper clippings about the game, and a photocopy of the 1996 The Long Way Home program.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The documents are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided the proper citation is used (e.g. McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections, Radford University, Radford VA).  Any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of the Radford University, and the copyright holder, is prohibited.  Please refer to the McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections website for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

All materials are found in the Radford University archives collection.


Further accruals may be coming but there are none scheduled.

Existence and Location of Originals

Archives and Special Collections, McConnell Library



Collection Inventory

Box 1.

Folder 1: The Long Way Home Board Game background information by Jennifer Bunn.

Folder 2: Newspaper clippings concerning The Long Way Home board game.

Folder 3: Copy Program for the 1996 production of The Long Way Home.

The Long Way Home Board Game (#37 of 115 Special Edition Game).