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Evenings Upstairs

A Distant Light: Kentucky's Journey Toward Racial JusticeSEPTEMBER 14, 2017

A Distant Light

With Bill Cunningham, Kentucky Supreme Court Justice and writer

A Distant Light, Cunningham's last published book, reveals dramatic plots of murder, kidnapping and mob violence which took place in Calloway County. Through the heroic efforts of Governors A.O. Stanley, Ned Breathitt and others, the dark days of lynching and murders give way to a more positive future for all Kentuckians, regardless of color. Racial justice is set on a brighter path as Cunningham pens Kentucky's disturbing past and moves readers toward a higher ground because of historical giants who followed "a distant light."

Justice Bill Cunningham was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in November 2006 to serve the 1st Supreme Court District.

Before becoming a member of the state's highest court, Justice Cunningham served as a circuit court judge for 15 years. He was elected to the Circuit Court Bench in November 1991 to serve the 56th Judicial Circuit. He was re-elected in 1999 and served as circuit judge until January 2007.

Justice Cunningham earned his bachelor's degree from Murray State University in 1966 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.

He is the author of Castle: The Story of a Kentucky Prison, On Bended Knees: The True Story of the Night Rider Tobacco War in Kentucky and Tennessee, Flames in The Wind and Children of Promise.

A Distant Light and Cunningham's other titles may be purchased through his website at www.billcunninghamonline.com. The author will also have books available at the lecture.

September 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




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

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