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Feature articles will be published monthly and can contain case studies, in-depth explorations of record types, interviews, commentaries and local history stories.

  1. Josephine E. Williams: Uncovering the Story of a Nineteenth Century Teacher, Diarist, Poetry Lover

    Josephine E. Williams: Uncovering the Story of a Nineteenth Century  Teacher, Diarist, Poetry Lover

    By: H. Scott Hankla Introduction In my paternal grandfather’s old cherry desk was a worn, dusty portfolio made of heavy black cardboard, and on its cover and back were engravings of a building with the words “New York Crystal Palace for the Exhibition of All Nations.”  Inside the portfolio was a lavender cardboard envelope with lock and key containing poetry, a brief diary, letters, notes, recipes, and a sheet of Confederate postage stamps.  Opposite the envelope was an 1853-56 calendar with the date August 17, 1856 underlined, and the words, “Ann Eliza Heath, August 25, 1855 from her Afft Mother,”...

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  2. Hugh Brent: Merchant of the city of Paris, Bourbon County

    Hugh Brent: Merchant of the city of Paris, Bourbon County

    By: Rogers Bardé I began the search for Hugh Brent when Hopewell Museum received a gift of the portraits of Hugh Brent and his wife, Elizabeth Langhorne Brent.  I wanted to know who Hugh Brent was and find out why my 4th great grandfather, William Rogers, named his youngest son Hugh Brent Rogers.  I was told that Hugh Brent was William’s banker, and I began my search to find more of the story.  It’s been a fascinating search and there’s more to find out.   Rogers Bardé The story of Hugh Brent, a merchant in the early days of Kentucky, presents...

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