Kentucky Historical Society
Northern Kentucky History Day Slated for April 5
Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Historical Society, the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky heritage organizations, and Northern Kentucky University will present the 15th annual Northern Kentucky Regional History Day on Saturday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas C. Mackey, professor of history at the University of Louisville. Mackey's opening audiovisual presentation is entitled "That All Mankind Should be Free": Abraham Lincoln and African Americans." He will discuss Lincoln's experiences with slavery in Kentucky and his relationship with Frederick Douglass. Mackey's presentation is the second in a series sponsored by the Northern Kentucky University Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture Series.
The Kentucky Historical Society will offer two presentations as part of the day's activities. "From Bombs to Bridge Parties: Kentucky Culture Captured in Scrapbooks," presented by Lynne Hollingsworth, KHS manuscripts archivist & curator, will teach participants the history of scrapbooking and how to research Kentucky culture with a variety of historical scrapbooks from the KHS collections. During "North or South? Finding Your Civil War Ancestor," presented by KHS reference librarian Don Rightmyer, participants can learn how to discover if any of their ancestors served in the Civil War - North or South - and if so, what they did, where they went, and what they experienced during their time in uniform during the 1860s.
Participants may also choose from twelve additional presentations during two sessions on various subjects, including Kentucky covered bridges; northern Kentucky's Dixie Highway gourmet strip; Appalachian language origins; northern Kentucky and the Mexican War; India and the U. S. in the nuclear age; Civil War guerilla warfare in Kentucky's bluegrass region; Newport, Kentucky, architecture; Shakers, freed persons, and the Civil War; doing oral history projects in Northern Kentucky; classical music and its derivatives in northern Kentucky; Lincoln and the end of slavery in Kentucky; and advances in online genealogy. Displays from 25 organizations, including historical societies, museums, Civil War and genealogy groups, booksellers, the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Historical Society will showcase projects, publications, and treasures from all over the commonwealth.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the NKU University Center and is $6 per person if you register in advance and $8 per person for registration on April 5. Participants can register for door prizes awarded from organizations participating in the event, including the Kentucky Historical Society. For more information, visit the Northern Kentucky History Day Web site or contact John Boh at 859-491-0490.
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.