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Evenings Upstairs

Paranormal GhostologyOCTOBER 26, 2017

Paranormal Ghostology

Presented by Gavin Kelly & Paula Purcell, The Phantasmic Ghost Hunters

Are you fascinated by the idea of ghosts and hauntings? Would you like to learn more about what is actually making things go bump in the night?

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at ways you can learn the difference between normal (man-made) and the paranormal. The investigative team will discuss how to detect and avoid false positives. They will also examine various instruments used for investigations & will share from their unique experiences working in the field.

The Phantasmic Ghost Hunters is a crew of 2 investigators along with a camera crew.

Gavin Kelly is the host and Lead Investigator for "The Paranormal Journey: Into the Unknown", a new original series on Amazon. Paula Purcell is the Researcher/Historian for the show.

The series features Gavin and Paula as they travel to locations in the United States, conducting investigations using scientific investigations at haunted locations, such as: abandoned buildings, old hospitals, asylums, schools, mills, and houses which are scattered all across the nation.

October 26, 2017 | 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




Axis Prisoners of War in Kentucky

NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Axis Prisoners of War in Kentucky

Presented by Richard Holl, Professor of History, Hazard Community & Technical College

This talk will focus on the German prisoners of war held in Kentucky POW camps during World War II. Fort Knox, Camp Campbell, and Camp Breckinridge all set up facilities to hold POWs, who were captured in Europe and North Africa and sent to the Commonwealth. Some 10,000 German POWs arrived here by the time all was said and done. U.S. authorities used the POWs as a labor source. Given the military draft and the need for women to work in war plants, a severe shortage of workers plagued the agricultural sector by 1943-1944. German POWs were pressed into service, bringing in much of the Kentucky tobacco crop in the fall of 1944 and the fall of 1945. They also harvested tomatoes, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables. German POWs were repatriated in 1945-1946 and a fascinating episode in Kentucky history came to an end.

This program is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. The Council is supported by the National Endowment and private contributions.

November 2, 2017 | 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




An Evening with Eddie and Alonzo Pennington

DECEMBER 14, 2017

An Evening with Eddie and Alonzo Pennington

Eddie Pennington is considered by his peers to be the greatest living thumb-style guitarist. He is in constant demand at major gatherings of guitar players throughout the United States and Europe. The thumb-picking style of playing originated in Western Kentucky, Pennington's home, and was popularized by singer-songwriter-guitarist Merle Travis. Pennington learned many of his licks from Mose Rager, the man Travis also credits as his teacher.

Pennington's performances are marked by his humorous southern mannerisms and his ability to get the audience tapping their toes to the sounds of a four-piece orchestra originating from a single guitar. Eddie has performed such venues as Wolf Trap, Library of Congress, the Atlanta Olympic Games, the Smithsonian Institute, and the 50th Anniversary of the Louisiana Hayride (where Elvis, Hank Williams and Johnny Horton began their careers). In 2001, Eddie Pennington received one of thirteen National Heritage Fellowships, the highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. He also received an honorary PhD. from Western Kentucky University for his music. In 2005, he received the Governor's Awards in the Arts Folk Heritage Award.

Alonzo Pennington is a multi-award-winning guitar player who's been performing his own music since he was 13. Casting a respectful nod to his musical heroes, Alonzo adds his passion, energy and drive to create a soulful and unique blend blues that's all his own.

He has been fortunate go grow up around and learn his craft from some of the world's best guitar players. Alonzo cut his teeth playing alongside his father, respected and renowned thumb picker, Eddie Pennington.

Alonzo is one of our area's most respected and skilled artists - and for good reason. He's played with some of the world's most notable musicians, including Chet Atkins, John Michael Montgomery, Willie Nelson, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd (just to name a few); he garnered the title of International Thumbpicker two different years (1999 and 2011); his full-length record, Thumbin', was chosen as the 2011 Thumbpicker's Hall of Fame "Album of the Year"; and he's played Nashville's premiere country music venue, the Grand Ole Opry.

December 14, 2017 | 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




JANUARY 25, 2018

Evenings Upstairs 2018 Season Kick-off w/ the Solid Rock'It Boosters

Solid Rock'it Boosters began their wild musical journey over 20 years ago in Western Kentucky. Since then, life-long friends Nathan Brown and Todd Anderson have been partnering up with the area's most talented musicians, bringing their unique blend of rockabilly, honky tonk, bluegrass and Western swing music to fans across the country. They are fiercely proud of their homeland of Paducah, Kentucky, and this theme can be found woven into everything they do. Known for their wild hootenanny-style stage show, the Boosters have a reputation for bringing high energy and an undeniable rocking style to traditional American music. But make no mistake… Solid Rock'it Boosters are seasoned veterans of roots music, and they are sure to entertain audiences with solid rhythms, infectious hooks and masterful musicianship.

January 25, 2018 | 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




FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Reading and Book Signing with Acclaimed Author Crystal Wilkinson

Crystal Wilkinson is a poet and fiction writer whose debut novel, The Birds of Opulence, received the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

Her other works include the short-story collections Blackberries, Blackberries—winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature—and Water Street, a finalist for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Wilkinson serves as Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College and teaches in the Spalding low-residency creative writing program. She also co-owns, with her partner, the artist Ronald Davis, The Wild Fig Books & Coffee, in North Lexington, Kentucky.

February 15, 2018 | 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




MARCH 29, 2018

Andrew Jackson, Native American Removal, and the Trail of Tears

Led by Professor of History James S. Humphreys Ph.D., Murray State University

Native American removal was a serious issue long before Andrew Jackson ascended to the presidency in 1829. The issue culminated during Jackson's presidency with his signing of the Indian Removal Act and, shortly after Jackson left office, with the United States army forcing Cherokee to move from Georgia to the Oklahoma Territory on what became known as the "Trail of Tears." Humphreys presentation will include a brief history of Native American removal; a detailed analysis of the removal issue during Jackson's presidency; and an explanation of the events that led to the Trail of Tears. More specifically, it will focus on the attitudes toward removal of public figures, such as President Jackson, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, and Cherokee leader John Ross, and will explain the impact of removal on the United States and the Cherokee nation.

James S. Humphreys is a professor of history at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where he specializes in the history of the American South. Humphreys completed a Ph.D. in history in 2005 at Mississippi State University. He is the author of Francis Butler Simkins: A Life, published by the University of Florida Press in 2008 in a book series titled "New Perspectives on the History of the South." Humphreys also serves as co-editor of the Interpreting American History series, published by Kent State University Press.

March 29, 2018 | 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



APRIL 19, 2018

Connecting with Today's Quilter

with Becky Glasby, National Quilt Museum

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Quilting has always been a social activity that today’s quilters continue to expand and grow. This presentation will explore how quilters use social media to connect with each other and the international quilt community. Topics will cover opportunities such as tutorials, quilt swaps, classes, online groups, and quilting for a cause. Quilts will be used to showcase Museum educational programs and online quilting activities.

Becky Glasby is the Director of Education at the National Quilt Museum and an avid self-taught quilter who enjoys sharing her craft with everyone she meets. Becky is active in the online quilt community, is a co-chair for an annual quilt retreat, and has exhibited quilts in shows across the country.

April 19, 2018 | 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 17, 2018

Adventures in Kentucky Barbecue

With author / professor Wes Berry, Western Kentucky University.

"If you can kill it, I can cook it," barbecue man Red Seavers of Southern Red's Bar-B-Que boasted when Berry ate at the southwest Kentucky barbecue joint—one of more than 200 he's visited. In that one sentence, Red summed up Kentucky's overall liberal approach to cooking critters with heat from wood and coals.

In this presentation, the "Hungry Professor" surveys Kentucky's wildly variable regional barbecue traditions with a slide show and tales of the people, places, and plates he's encountered all over the state while researching The Kentucky Barbecue Book, the first comprehensive exploration of Kentucky’s distinct barbecue traditions and regional variations.

The Kentucky Barbecue Book is a feast for readers who are eager to sample the finest fare in the state. From the banks of the Mississippi to the hidden hollows of the Appalachian Mountains, author and barbecue enthusiast Wes Berry hit the trail in search of the best smoke, the best flavor, and the best pit masters he could find.

Barbecue aficionado Wes Berry, PhD, is Professor & Director of Graduate Studies Department of English, Western Kentucky University

May 17, 2018 | 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 14, 2018

Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front

Presented by author David Bettez

Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities

From five thousand children marching in a parade, singing, "Johnnie get your hoe. . . . Mary dig your row," to communities banding together to observe Meatless Tuesdays and Wheatless Wednesdays, Kentuckians were loyal supporters of their country during the First World War. Kentucky had one of the lowest rates of draft dodging in the nation, and the state increased its coal production by 50 percent during the war years. Overwhelmingly, the people of the Commonwealth set aside partisan interests and worked together to help the nation achieve victory in Europe.

Based on Bettez's book, Kentucky and the Great War: World War 1 on the Home Front, this presentation looks at the domestic side of World War I: how Kentuckians rallied to support the war effort. Bettez covers initial reactions to the war, especially as they affected the many Kentuckians of German heritage, and describes how the Kentucky Council of Defense and local county councils created and led Red Cross and Liberty Loan campaigns, and food and conservation efforts. Bettez discusses the support roles of women, children, African Americans, religions, and educational institutions. He also talks about some of the Kentucky men and women who served during the war.

Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front, was named a Thomas D. Clark Medallion recipient in 2016. The book is considered the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of the Great War on Bluegrass society, politics, economy and culture, contextualizing the state’s involvement within the national experience.

Bettez received his B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky. He is the former director of the UK Office of International Affairs (now the UK International Center), is also the author of "Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC," which won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for Biography.

June 14, 2018 | 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 26, 2018

Mose Rager: Kentucky's Shy Guitar Master

Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities & The Friends of The Library

Nancy Richey will be discussing Mose Rager’s life and influence on music. Richey shared, “there are many country guitar legends—Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Eddie Pennington, to name a few—who trace the root of their music to Mose Ranger. A Muhlenberg County, Kentucky native, Rager's tune, "Walkin' the Strings" said much about his ability. Known for developing a unique thumb-picking style, Mose worked as a barber and a coal miner when he wasn't playing gigs with Grandpa Jones, Curly Fox, and Texas Ruby. Although Mose died on May 14, 1986, his sound lives on when modern day pickers try to play "That Muhlenberg Sound."

Richey is an Associate Professor for the Department of Library Special Collections at WKU. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and WKU where she received degrees in Information Science and Southern History. Richey has served on various historical boards, including Janice Holt Giles Society, Morrison Park Camp Meeting Site Restoration Board and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has authored/co-authored two local history books in the Images of America series published by Arcadia Press. Growing up in a decidedly non-musical family, nonetheless, she knew that Mose Rager was a subject worthy of book length study because of the worldwide influence and historical significance of his musical legacy.

A book signing will follow her presentation.

“For the many who never met this gracious, talented man, this book provides a great opportunity to get to know Mose Rager on a more personal level...you will see what a wide path that Mose opened as he traveled down the road of life with a thumb pick stuck on his right thumb.” – Eddie Pennington, Guitarist, 2001 National Heritage Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts

July 26, 2018 | 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

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