Department of Parks
Waveland Summer Author Series Starts May 17
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Waveland Summer Author Series will begin May 17 at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington.
This free series, sponsored by Waveland, the University Press of Kentucky, Friends of Waveland and The Morris Book Shop, will feature University Press of Kentucky authors speaking about their works in the context of Kentucky’s rich history.
For its inaugural event May 17, the series will feature author James C. Nicholson and his book “The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event.” Nicholson provides an intriguing and thorough history of the Kentucky Derby, examining the tradition, spectacle, culture, and evolution of the Kentucky Derby – the brightest jewel of the Triple Crown. This event will give visitors a chance to interact with the author and hear firsthand how the most exciting two minutes in sports earned its title.
Each session runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month on the grounds or in the cabin at Waveland, 225 Waveland Museum Lane, and will feature an author talk, followed by a book signing.
Books will be available for purchase on-site from The Morris Book Shop and those wishing to read ahead may pick up a copy at the store 882 E. High St. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch, or may pre-order a box lunch from Belle's Bakery 859-269-8223 (48 hours advance, please). Tours of the Waveland Mansion will be available on the hour at the regular price through 4 p.m.
Six miles south of downtown Lexington, Waveland State Historic Site stands as one of Kentucky’s most dignified and gracious antebellum mansions. Completed in 1848 by Joseph Bryan, a grandnephew of Daniel Boone, Waveland is open to the public, and guests are encouraged to enjoy the beautiful grounds the site has to offer.
The University Press of Kentucky, organized in 1949, is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Press publishes books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields as well as books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia.
Ron Bryant, manager of Waveland State Historic Site, believes that Waveland and the University Press makes a good match.
“The collaboration between the two is a natural pairing. This new series will fulfill the missions of both institutions by promoting an interest in history as well as a sense of what Kentucky has to offer,” Bryant said.
Mack McCormick, publicity and rights manager for the Press, is enthusiastic about the upcoming series: “It will provide Lexington with a much needed, regular venue for a serious public discussion of our state’s history,” McCormick said. “Our authors are looking forward to sharing their knowledge about the commonwealth with members of the community.”
The series will continue every third Thursday through October, with a new featured author each month. Here is the schedule:
May 17—James C. Nicholson, “The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event”
June 21—Thomas G. Barnes, “Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky and Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky”
July 19—Mary Hamilton, “Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies”
Aug. 16— Dan Rowland, “Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852”
Sept. 20—Mike Veach, “A Social History of Bourbon,” by Gerald Carson
Oct. 18— Macy Wyatt, “Ghosts of the Bluegrass”
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 50 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov