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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