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  1. Book Notes – Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front

    Book Notes – Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front

    Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front. By David J. Bettez. (2016. Pp. 428. $45.00. Hardback. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-6801-2. Hot off the presses from the University of Kentucky Press comes a wonderful new resource about the First World War and its impact on Kentuckians. We can never emphasize enough the importance of placing your ancestors’ lives into context. Even though most of us have run across a WWI draft card for several of our male ancestors, I don’t think we understand the full impact...

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  2. History Mystery: Halloween Party Above Mason’s Grocery Store 1981

    History Mystery: Halloween Party Above Mason’s Grocery Store 1981

    Our History Mystery this month features a Halloween Party given for local Frankfortonians in 1981. This photo was contributed by Andrew Mason, Sr. as part of the Community Memories Project. The photo was described as an event given for local kids that was held above Mason’s Grocery Store. Since the party was held in 1981, we figure there may be some folks out there that remember this party, or can put a name with some of the faces. Was this a yearly event? Do you have any special memories about this event? Do you have memories of shopping at Mason’s...

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  3. Collections Corner: Louisville Businessmen’s Club Directories

    Collections Corner: Louisville Businessmen’s Club Directories

    Some of the most unassuming collections can yield a wealth of wonderful information. Upon processing review of the Louisville Businessmen’s Club Directories, the two little black binders appeared to be an ordinary member roster of a couple of the Business Clubs of Louisville from the 1950s and 60s. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that each member has his own page of information, including a picture! Some additional information included for each member includes: address, business/occupation, wife’s name, and hobbies.  This collection consists of two small binders. One houses the Roster of the Louisville Business Men’s Club for 1958. The...

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  4. History Mystery: Come to the Fair!

    History Mystery: Come to the Fair!

    What we know:  the image is dated 1912 and shows tents and people walking around.  There is a Ferris wheel in the center of the image with children in the seats.  We know it is in Franklin County, Ky. What we want to know (the mystery): Are these the fair grounds that used to be off Holmes St. in Frankfort? To the right of the image is a wooden structure with an open gallery. Is this the back of the grandstand around the racetrack?  When was the fair in 1912?  Does anyone have any anecdotes or memories about the fair...

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