Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Show Appalshop Film “Strangers and Kin”
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 25, 2010)— The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will show “Strangers and Kin” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. This is the last film of the KHS summer film series.
Directed by Herb E. Smith in 1984, “Strangers and Kin” provides poignant examples to show the development of and the effects of stereotypes in the Southern mountains. The film traces the evolution of the hillbilly image through Hollywood films, network news, popular literature, and interviews with contemporary Appalachians to illustrate how stereotypes are created, reinforced and used to justify exploitation. “Strangers and Kin” also offers suggestions about how contemporary Appalachians can embrace technological innovations and modernity without becoming “strangers to their kin.”
Tickets to the film series are $4 for KHS members and $8 for the general public. Admission to “Strangers and Kin” includes popcorn, soda and entrance to the KHS history campus.
The film series is part of a larger series of Thursday evening programming at KHS. Other upcoming Thursday evening events at the KHS history campus include a concert on June 24 featuring the band No Tools Loaned and food from Dunn’s Barbecue. Visit www.history.ky.gov and click News and Events for up-to-date information on other KHS events and programs.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. The KHS history campus includes The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum at the Old State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web site at www.history.ky.gov.