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Kentucky National Guard historian secures important artifacts for Kentucky

By Stuart W. Sanders, Kentucky National Guard historian John Trowbridge is tenacious when it comes to research. During a career spent commemorating and interpreting the Bluegrass State’s military history, Trowbridge has found forgotten burial sites and uncovered long-ignored stories from Kentucky’s martial past. Now, thanks to his efforts, two important 19th century artifacts have found a home at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) in Frankfort. While writing a blog post about the Battle of Buena Vista, fought during the Mexican-American War, Trowbridge began researching William F. Gaines, a teenage soldier from Scott County. Multiple times during the battle, Gaines...

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A pattern of old time beauty

By Liz Carey You’ll see them mostly on country roads — bright colors and block designs; the quilt squares of your grandmother’s treasured heirloom painted onto the front of a barn. They’re barn quilts and while they may appear to honor a time and tradition from long ago, the popularity of barn quilts started relatively recently. Pass by the Franklin County Fairgrounds and you’ll see a quilt square of blue and white arrows on one of the fairground’s barns. Like barns dotted across Franklin County, it was hand-painted and hung for the enjoyment of those passing by. Charlie Lewis,...

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Great reads!

“The book woman of troublesome creek” By Kim Michele Richardson Kentucky author Kim Michele Richardson’s new release, “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek,” is a well-researched historical novel based on the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project. Established as part of FDR’s Works Progress Administration, this service brought books to the poorest and most isolated areas of Eastern Kentucky. It also created jobs for women, much like Richardson’s heroine, 19-year old Cussy Mary Carter. Set in 1936, Cussy and her father, an ailing coal miner, live in a tiny cabin in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. Much to his dismay, Cussy works...

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