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  1. History Mystery: 1790 Unknown Language

    History Mystery: 1790 Unknown Language

    In the McDowell family papers (MSS 91), there’s a letter from John Stuart to Andrew Reid, written in 1790. The contents of the letter is fairly mundane – Stuart has enclosed some promissory notes from people living in the same county as Reid, and wants Reid to deliver the notes to the sheriff for collection (and in one case, to bring a lawsuit agains t the individual). On the back of the letter is about a paragraph a text written in an unknown script. The KHS Special Collections & Library staff has made guesses as to what language this text might...

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  2. “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 time, all had run dairy farms and had bottled and delivered milk to their individual customers.  The main customers for this new dairy were the area schools.  Around 1954, Dean’s Milk began bidding on the school contract and with such stiff competition, the owners of the dairy knew it could no longer...

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  3. 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, capturing the special moments and faces during the first half of the 20th century, Ogden was a big part of this community. Some of the images he captured include: school groups and events, agriculture, businesses, portraits, sporting events, and civic organizations. Naturally, the images, places, faces, and events provide a...

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  4. History Mystery: Lab Coat Conundrum

    History Mystery: Lab Coat Conundrum

    KHS is looking to learn more about this image of seven African American men wearing lab coats on the steps of an unidentified building.  Photographed in 1934, and part of the Wolff, Gretter, Cusick and Hill Studios Negatives (Graphic 2), the original housing indicates that Geneva Howard requested this image be taken.  Ms. Howard was a teacher at the Kentucky State Industrial College, which is now known as Kentucky State University.  Who were these men and why was this photograph taken?  Can you add to our knowledge of this picture?  Add your comments beloew or go to the KHS Digital...

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