Evenings Upstairs


Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua presents: Rachel Lee Rogers as Jean Ritchie, Damsel with a Dulcimer

June 13, 2019

Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities.

Jean Ritchie, known as the "Mother of Folk," was a major contributor to the national revival of folk music across America during the second half of the 20th century. 

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Barn Dances and Jamborees Across Kentucky

July 11, 2019

With J. D. Wilkes, author and musician.

Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities.

Wilkes discusses the history of the traditional "barn dance" and other musical get-togethers of Kentucky's past and present.  The presentation will feature photographs as well as Wilkes' own performances of Kentucky tunes on banjo and harmonica.

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Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua presents: Anne Shelby as Aunt Molly Jackson, "Pistol Packin' Woman"

August 22, 2019

Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities.

Feisty, funny, and completely fearless, Aunt Molly Jackson lived for nearly 50 years in the coal camps of southeastern Kentucky, where her father, brothers, husband, and sons were miners. 

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Governor Ned Breathitt: Class Act

September 12, 2019

Led by Justice Bill Cunningham.

In the 20th Century, Kentucky had many great Governors. Perhaps none however possessed the courage and the class of West Kentuckian Ned Breathitt of Hopkinsville.

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Haunted People and Haunted Places

October 24, 2019

Join us as Kentucky Storyteller Thomas Freese shares true tales from his travels around Kentucky, including stories of a wide range of spirit encounters: children with invisible friends, loved ones come back to visit, Civil War ghosts, Ouija board sessions gone bad, animal ghosts…and more.

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A History of Native Americans in Kentucky

November 21, 2019

Presented by A. Gwynn Henderson, UK archaeologist and member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.

In celebration of Kentucky Native American Heritage Month, Henderson will discuss the history of the diverse Native American peoples of Western Kentucky as told through objects, places, and documents.

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The interior of the Columbia Theater

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Columbia: Past, Present, and Future

December 5, 2019

Presented by Darlene Mazzone, Chair of the Paducah Art House Alliance, Landee Bryant, Executive Director of Maiden Alley Cinema, and by architect and historian Randy Davis.

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About Evenings Upstairs

Since 1994, the flagship Adult Service program series has entertained and educated the public with performances and lectures each month.

Presenters include authors, professors, entertainers, local musical acts, and more.

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