Kentucky Historical Society
Northern Kentucky History Day Slated for February 17
FRANKFORT, Ky. –-- Northern Kentucky History Day offers the public a chance to hear the latest on the preservation and study of local historical sites, as well as to learn about preserving family heirlooms and conducting genealogy research. The 14th-annual event will be held at Northern Kentucky University on Saturday, February 17, 2007 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The keynote speaker will be Dan Hurley, Assistant Vice President for History & Research at the Cincinnati Museum Center, producer and host of 12 Newsmakers and reporter for WKRC Channel 12 in Cincinnati. Hurley’s address will focus on the 1937 flood of the Ohio River that killed 385 people from Pittsburgh to Paducah, left hundreds of thousands homeless, and caused a half-billion dollars damage.
The Kentucky Historical Society will offer two presentations as part of the day’s activities. “Our New Kentucky Home: The Immigrant Experience” will look at the experiences of the diverse groups of people who have come to Kentucky from the 1770s up to present-day immigration. This session will also feature a preview of the upcoming immigration exhibition Our New Kentucky Home: The Immigrant Experience which opens at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History on April 20.
“Comings & Goings: Immigration, Migration, and Kentucky” will examine the topic as reflected by the collections of the Kentucky Historical Society’s special collections archives with an emphasis on Limestone to Louisville. KHS will also have genealogists available to talk about the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library research tools and the work of the Kentucky Genealogical Society.
Participants may also choose from twelve additional workshops during two sessions on subjects, including Native American heritage, women in Islam, African American history, memorable Northern Kentucky fires, among others. Displays from historical sites, museums, and local heritage organizations will showcase treasures from all over the commonwealth.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the NKU University Center and is $6.00 per person if you register in advance and $8.00 per person for registration on February 17. The event is sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society, the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, and heritage organizations in Northern Kentucky.
For more information, visit the Northern Kentucky History Day Web site at www.nku.edu/~hisgeo/historyday.
An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, since 1836, has provided connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future. KHS operates the Old State Capitol, the Kentucky Military History Museum, and its headquarters, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Since 1999, the thirty-million-dollar Center has welcomed more than one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web site at www.history.ky.gov.