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  1. 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, with the cross including gold edging and white (diamond/opal?) stones as accents. The black segments of the cross were painted in such a way as to suggest a shine to them. Does this mean the segments were onyx, or a polished dark wood? Based on the clothing style, the KHS...

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  2. 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 still!” Our mystery lies in the nature of the event, location, and identity of many of those seated. The photograph was found within the Thomas T. Wendell Collection. Dr. Thomas Tyler Wendell was a prominent African American Doctor who resided in Lexington during the first half of the 20th century....

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  3. History Mystery: Daniel Boone Family 1925

    History Mystery: Daniel Boone Family 1925

    As KHS prepares to host another Boone Day Celebration, we love to remember previous celebrations. However, when looking at this photo, purported to be an image of the 1925 Boone Day Celebration, new facts came to light. In 1925, Boone Day was postponed until the following week because of a competing event that also celebrated the life of the famed pioneer. Apparently, the year before, in the summer of 1924, the Boone Family Association was newly formed. As an act of honoring their famed ancestor, the decided to host a family reunion of sorts in 1925 at Daniel Boone’s grave in...

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  4. 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 holds the clues to who designed this monument.  What better way to celebrate Memorial Day and the 100 year anniversary of the Great War than to shed a little light on this local treasure. free sample just need to remember that the that nix aspiration vary.

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