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  1. History Mystery: Jacob Mardis’ Burial Site – Kenton County

    History Mystery: Jacob Mardis’ Burial Site – Kenton County

    Looking for Cemetery enthusiasts!  This month’s History Mystery is focused on unraveling the mysterious location of the Pruett-Mardis Cemetery in Kenton County.  Or is it the Mardis Cemetery in Kenton County?  Or better yet: Where exactly is Jacob Mardis (1815-1855) buried?  Find-A-Grave lists Jacob as buried in the Pruett –...

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  2. History Mystery: Kentwood, KY

    History Mystery: Kentwood, KY

    Get ready geography enthusiasts!  This History Mystery is for you!   The KHS staff has been hard at work adding some of the 11,000 postcards from the Ronald Morgan Postcard collection to our Digital Collections Catalog.  We recently stumbled across this image of the Kentwood Bank, located in Kentwood, KY.  The image,...

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  3. History Mystery: Painting of Woman in Black Dress (United Daughters of the Confederacy?)

    History Mystery: Painting of Woman in Black Dress (United Daughters of the Confederacy?)

    For this month’s History Mystery, we have something a little different: a painting from our portrait collection!   KHS needs your help in identifying this painting of a woman, who is wearing in a high-necked black dress, and a jeweled cross brooch.  Both the dress and cross appear to be black,...

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  4. History Mystery: Summer Picnic or Fair?

    History Mystery: Summer Picnic or Fair?

    This month’s History Mystery takes us to a beautiful summer day of the past. On a grassy hillside, a group of finely dressed ladies and gentlemen are posed, looking relaxed and somewhat happy. As happy as a turn of the century photographer would allow them to look: “OK everyone! Keep...

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  5. History Mystery: the War Memorial at Paintsville, Ky.

    History Mystery: the War Memorial at Paintsville, Ky.

    The Ronald Morgan Postcard Collection (Graphic 5, Kentucky Historical Society) contains a postcard of this wonderfully moving memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War I.  I was curious as to the sculptor and the story behind it but could find very little.  I know somewhere in Johnson County someone...

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  6. “15 Good Reasons” to Remember the Jones’ Kentucky Home Restaurant

    “15 Good Reasons” to Remember the Jones’ Kentucky Home Restaurant

    “15 Good Reasons” to Remember the Jones’ Kentucky Home Restaurant Update: History Mystery Solved! By: Mary Annette (Jones) Wimsatt This story begins with three brothers, Robert, Tucker and Harry Hagan and William Edward “Bill” Jones who opened the first commercial dairy in Nelson County 1945: H and J Dairy.  Prior to that...

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  7. History Mystery: William B. Ogden Studio Negatives

    History Mystery: William B. Ogden Studio Negatives

    Last week, the KHS Special Collections and Library team traveled to Winchester to host another Piecing Together History Event – hoping to connect photographs back to a community. The Studio Negatives Collection of photographer William B. Ogden consists of over 10,000 images. As a local photographer who traveled the region,...

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