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APRIL 23, 2015

Quilting: A Legacy of Love

Presented by Kentucky author Bobbie Smith Bryant

Co-sponsored by The Kentucky Humanities Council and Friends of the McCracken County Public Library

Learn how the simple act of making something beautiful from scraps gave women a voice in the days when they had little or none. This presentation pays tribute to the great quilters we have in Kentucky. Participants will get an overview of quilting as craft, and learn about the impact of quilting on women in America.

Bobbie Smith Bryant is a native Kentuckian, born in the Black Patch of Calloway County. She is proud of her family’s farming heritage and deeply committed to Western Kentucky. Bryant co-produced a one-hour documentary titled Farming in the Black Patch. This film was recently awarded the 2013 Education Award from the Kentucky Historical Society and it continues to air on Kentucky Educational Television.

Bobbie also serves the Kentucky League of Cities as community development advisor. For more than twenty years, she has assisted cities with community and economic development issues. She also hosted a daily morning television show and a monthly broadcast featuring notable people of Western Kentucky.

April 23, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.

Connecting People, Cultures & Ideas
For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle
Tel: 270-442-2510 ext. 117 (Toll-free 866-829-7532)
Email: bwrinkle@mclib.net

MAY 7, 2015

Spirits in the River City

Presented by B.J. Summers, Market House Museum Board President Emeritus & author

Spirits are once again on the rise in Paducah ! And no, we’re not talking about ghosts , but about the resurgence of distilleries and breweries. In the early 1900’s the crafting and distributing of alcoholic beverages was a thriving business in Paducah. Since Prohibition, the industry has had a difficult time reestablishing  its footing. 

Until now !

Join us for a presentation by B.J. Summers, as he explores, through photos and artifacts, the history of spirit operations in Paducah and its connections to the distilleries and breweries opening today. 

May 7, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.

Connecting People, Cultures & Ideas
For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle
Tel: 270-442-2510 ext. 117 (Toll-free 866-829-7532)
Email: bwrinkle@mclib.net

JUNE 11, 2015

John Scopes

I Am John Scopes

Presented by Todd Hatton,producer and local Morning Edition host for WKMS-FM, Murray State University’s NPR affiliate

His name is synonymous with the conflict of faith and reason, often mentioned in the same breath as Charles Darwin, evolution, and Clarence Darrow. That name is inextricably linked to one of the most controversial trials in American jurisprudence. But today, John T. Scopes is a cipher, largely unknown in his hometown and overshadowed by the legal titans who tried his case.

So, who is John Thomas Scopes?

WKMS producer and award-winning documentarian Todd Hatton presents a look at this most remarkable Paducahan. In his discussion, Todd will introduce us to this intensely private and principled man who placed himself, as he would later write, at the center of the storm. We’ll also find out why Scopes eschewed the limelight, but was always willing to reemerge to defend his convictions and for the freedom to teach.

Hatton is the writer and producer or co-producer of radio documentaries about regional history, including West Kentucky High Iron: The Story of Four Rivers Rail; West Kentucky Coal: People, Places, and Power; Irvin S. Cobb: Back Home; The Civil War in the Western Rivers, 2012 Associated Press Best Documentary, and Kentucky Dam Power for the People, 2013 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Documentary and winner of a 2014 Education Award from the Kentucky Historical Society.

June 11, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.

Connecting People, Cultures & Ideas
For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle
Tel: 270-442-2510 ext. 117 (Toll-free 866-829-7532)
Email: bwrinkle@mclib.net

JULY 23, 2015

Ohio River

Ohio River: Past, Present and Future

Presented by Chuck Parrish, Retired Historian U. S. Army Corps of Engineers & noted scholar on the field of historic preservation and documentation of America’s maritime history

Mr. Parish has a degree in history from the University of Louisville.  He retired as Historian of the Louisville District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers with 32 years’ service. His career has been focused in the field of historic preservation and documentation of America’s maritime history.

While employed by the Corps of Engineers, he acted as advisor, provided tours related to the Ohio River and its environs, and was frequently called on to speak on related subjects. He was the Corps’ advisor to the “Always A River” project in 1990. Parrish has been involved with the River Discovery Museum in Paducah, KY since its inception. He served as Chair of the Steamboat Bicentennial Committee, coordinating regional activities along the Ohio as well as producing a DVD on 200 years of steamboating, and publication a book of essays dealing with the subject. As chair he also gave many presentations on the history of steamboats. The Louisville District continues to seek his counsel on matters related to Corps and river history. Due to his vast knowledge he still receives occasional inquiries from the Office of History, Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC. on maritime history.

Parrish is active in numerous historical organizations and projects: Louisville Historical League; Farnsley-Moreman Landing; Louisville Marine Hospital; Howard Steamboat Museum; River Discovery Museum Lock and Dam #52 and #53 preservation and preservation of Life Saving Station #10 in Louisville.

He is the author or co-author of numerous articles on the history of navigation development in the Ohio Valley including “The Commonwealth’s Waterway: A History of Navigation on the Kentucky River.”Triumph At the Falls: The Louisville and Portland Canal,” and “The Falls City Engineers: A History of the Louisville District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.” He has also collaborated on numerous publications dealing with river subjects by other authors, and served as editor for several river-related publications.

For the last 25 years, he has given programs and narrated tours on river boats including: the Belle of Louisville, Spirit of Jefferson, River Explorer, Bonnie Belle, , Delta Queen, American Queen, Mississippi Queen and Chattanooga Star.

July 23, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.

Connecting People, Cultures & Ideas
For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle
Tel: 270-442-2510 ext. 117 (Toll-free 866-829-7532)
Email: bwrinkle@mclib.net

AUGUST 20, 2015

Baseball in Paducah

Paducah’s Native Baseball Team: A History of Minor League Baseball in Paducah

With author and baseball historian Randy Morgan

Do you remember the old Paducah ballparks such as Wallace Park and Hook Park? How about the Paducah Chiefs?

In this fascinating discussion, Randy Morgan, author of Paducah’s Native Baseball Team, will discuss minor league baseball from the post-Civil War era to about 1960, and the persons involved with the minor league story in Paducah and the surrounding areas.

He will emphasize persons who impacted baseball in our region including: Barney Dreyfuss, Maurice Farnbaker, Harry Lloyd, Ben Tincup, B.B. Hook and Polk Brooks.

Morgan will focus on the successes of the low minor leagues as well as the problems encountered in maintaining professional baseball in small cities.

Randy Morgan has a BS and MA degree from Murray State University. He is retired from the Kentucky Department for Employment Services. Over the past 30 years he has owned interests in minor league baseball teams and helped organize two independent professional leagues.

Morgan is a Paducah, Kentucky native and is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research and the St. Louis Browns Historical Society.

August 20, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.

Connecting People, Cultures & Ideas
For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle
Tel: 270-442-2510 ext. 117 (Toll-free 866-829-7532)
Email: bwrinkle@mclib.net

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

On Bended Kneeds: The Knight Rider Story

On Bended Knees: The Night Rider Story

Presented by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice & noted Kentucky Author, Bill Cunningham

Few people realize today that the most sustained and violent uprising in America between the time of the Civil War and the race riots of the 1960’s was a farm revolt in West Kentucky and Tennessee between 1904 and 1909. The Night Rider Story targets James B. Duke of North Carolina and Duke’s astounding tobacco empire. The story also tells of an ingenious country doctor who led a highly organized secret fraternity of farmers from Kentucky and Tennessee in a bloody revolt against the impoverishing tobacco prices of the “Duke Trust.” This is the true story of America’s past poverty, wealth, violence, greed, and heroism.

Cunningham is the author of the best seller, On Bended Knees –now in discussion to become a major motion picture. Cunningham has authored six books on regional history, which chronicle the struggles for justice in Western Kentucky since the Civil War. As a contributor to multiple newspapers in the bluegrass, his articles and online blog have helped to inform the public about their legal system, as well as their state’s esteemed history.

Before becoming a member of the state's highest court, Cunningham served as a circuit court judge for 15 years. Cunningham served the court system in several capacities before entering his judicial career. He was the Eddyville city attorney from 1974 to 1991 and public defender for the Kentucky State Penitentiary from 1974 to 1976. He served as Commonwealth's Attorney for the 56th Judicial District from 1976 to 1988. During his tenure in that position, he was voted the Outstanding Commonwealth Attorney of Kentucky by his peers.

Justice Cunningham earned his bachelor's degree from Murray State University in 1962 and his juris doctor in 1969 from the University Of Kentucky College Of Law. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam, Korea and Germany.

September 24, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.

Connecting People, Cultures & Ideas
For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle
Tel: 270-442-2510 ext. 117 (Toll-free 866-829-7532)
Email: bwrinkle@mclib.net