Kentucky Historical Society
KHS Presents Historical Symposiums During 2007 Kentucky Book Fair
Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Historical Society will host a day of free historical symposiums in partnership with the 26th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 10, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Authors will discuss their works from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the symposiums is free, except for the noon luncheon.
This year's symposiums include:
- 10 a.m. - Jack Hurst, Men of Fire: Grant, Forrest, and the Campaign That Decided the Civil War. This book recounts Civil War battle history and is sure to be relished by history buffs who love to debate the details. Hurst is also the author of Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography.
- 11 a.m. - Burrus M. Carnahan, Act of Justice: Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War. This book examines Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Carnahan is a professorial lecturer at George Washington University Law School and a foreign-affairs officer in the U.S. Department of State.
- Noon - Jason Emerson, The Madness of Mary Lincoln. This book examines Mary Lincoln’s mental illness based on letters and an interpretation of the psychiatric diagnosis that led to her commitment to an asylum. Emerson is an historian who lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
- 1 p.m. - Karolyn Smardz Frost, I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad. Frost spent years researching the story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn, fugitive slaves who successfully escaped to Canada.
- 2 p.m. - John C. Fortier and Norman J. Ornstein, Second-term Blues: How George W. Bush Has Governed. This book traces President Bush’s governing during his second term. Fortier is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a columnist for The Hill.
"The symposiums cover topics from the Underground Railroad to the George Bush White House," says Connie Crowe, manager of the Kentucky Book Fair. "(Karolyn Smardz) Frost spent 20 years researching and writing her book. Imagine the stories she'll have to tell about that monumental work – mostly in Kentucky. The Kentucky Historical Society symposiums are a real asset to the Book Fair."
Visitors to the symposiums can also catch the free shuttle service provided between the Center for Kentucky History, the Frankfort Convention Center, and the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express on US 127 in Frankfort.
Admission to the Kentucky Book Fair is free and books will be sold at a 10% discount to patrons. More than 175 authors will be in attendance including Robert Novak, Judith Martin, Ann Ross, Wendell Berry, Robin Givens, Sally Denton, and a host of other authors. There will be a special children's area with face painting, costumed characters, and readings by authors. For more information on all the activities at the 2007 Kentucky Book Fair or to volunteer, visit the Kentucky Book Fair Web site or contact Connie Crowe at email@example.com.