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Lincoln High School Class Photo, Circa 1899 (Hattie Brown Collection, McCracken County Public Library)

August 4, 2020

Black History and Genealogy Resource Guide

August 8th is a time of celebration, remembrance, and fellowship within Paducah and the surrounding area. While the specific day has numerous origin stories, the week surrounding the date remains a moment to reflect […]

April 28, 2020

50 @ 555 : A Timeline of the Library’s Last 50 Years

As the library celebrates the 50th Anniversary of our current building, we’ve compiled a little history of the programs, services, and people that have been […]

April 21, 2020

Postcards from Paducah – Chapter 1: The Legend of Pat Dugan

The story of how Paducah got its name has been through many twists and turns over the years. Most everyone is familiar with the legend […]

August 26, 2017

A Letter From Florence: An 1882 Message in a Bottle

In the 1979, the rock band The Police released their song “Message in a Bottle,” and in it, the lead singer, Sting, croons the lyrics: […]

August 10, 2017

10 Things That Were Illegal in 1904

This book from our Local and Family History stacks, A Revision of the Ordinances and Municipal Laws of the City of Paducah, Kentucky (1904), may […]

July 30, 2017

Water, Water Everywhere: Paducah’s First Spots for Water – Well, Cistern, and Horse Drinking Fountain

Carrying your own reusable water bottle around is the thing to do these days. Not only is it good for you, it’s good for the […]

July 2, 2017

Something Got Your Goat? Paducah’s Goat Problem of 1898

Invasive species. Asian Carp, Killer Bees, Cane Toads, and Burmese Python…just to name a few. They can be a real problem, causing havoc and disrupting […]

June 15, 2017

What’s Hiding in the 1937 Flood Monument?

Found in the median of Jefferson Street around the 2900 block, the statue memorializing the 1937 Flood is not in a very convenient location for […]

May 24, 2017

This Week in Historical Leisure Activities: Frog Hunting

Looking for a new hobby? A new sport? Ever considered frog hunting? If you were a reader of the Paducah Sun 111 years ago, during the last […]

May 11, 2017

Paducah’s First Muralist? The Story of John Banvard, Nearly Forgotten Millionaire Painter

Murals…Paducah has a long history with them. The timeline, working backwards, includes… Current Day – Murals are popping up all over the place, like inside Mellow Mushroom and […]