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  1. Book Notes – Nick and Viola: A Kentucky Family Tragedy in the Tobacco Wars

    Book Notes – Nick and Viola: A Kentucky Family Tragedy in the Tobacco Wars

    Nick and Viola: A Kentucky Family Tragedy in the Tobacco Wars (1904-1911). By Laura Muntz Derr. (2013. Pp. 175. $12.99. Paperback. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.) ISBN: 978-1482372052. Sometimes, it takes a murder or family tragedy to make us slow down and examine the historical context associated with the lives of our ancestors. Laura Muntz Derr has taken one family tragedy and examined the mitigating circumstances behind the event, which resulted in a contextual analysis relatable to many Kentucky genealogists. During the early years of the 20th century, Kentucky’s tobacco industry was encountering an economic upheaval. With companies attempting to regulate the...

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  2. Book Notes – A Pictorial History of Clark County Kentucky

    Book Notes – A Pictorial History of Clark County Kentucky

    A Pictorial History of Clark County Kentucky. By The Bluegrass Heritage Museum. (2010. Pp. 256. $49.95. Hardback. Morley: Acclaim Press. P.O. Box 238, Morley MO 63767. http://www.acclaimpress.com/) ISBN: 978-1-935001-55-3. This month, we are featuring a new acquisition to the KHS Library Collection. This title has been around for a few years, but it’s new to us, and we think those with Clark County area roots should put this one on their list! The content is photograph heavy which provides for a very enjoyable session when sitting down to enjoy the compilation. As one would expect from this type of book, it...

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  3. Book Notes – A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America

    Book Notes – A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America

    A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America. By Aimee E. Newell. (2014. Pp. 312. $29.95. Paperback. Athens: Ohio University Press. 215 Columbus Rd., Suite 101, Athens OH 45701-1373. http://www.ohioswallow.com/) ISBN: 978-0-8214-2052-2. After years of research, it is customary to become frustrated over the lack of female presence among the records. As the researcher moves back in time, this void becomes even greater, and we struggle to see our female ancestors at all, let alone understand their struggles and passions. This new book by Aimee Newell takes a small window of time (1820-1860) and uses physical objects...

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  4. Book Notes – The Historic Kentucky Kitchen

    Book Notes – The Historic Kentucky Kitchen

    The Historic Kentucky Kitchen. By Deirdre A. Scaggs and Andrew W. McGraw. (2013. Pp. 163. $29.95. Hardcover. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-4249-4. When the Holidays roll around, we are so quick to whip out the traditional family recipes to make our festivities special. And, while I wouldn’t trade those traditional family recipes for anything, I love using the Holidays as an excuse to experiment with recipes from the past. In many cases, the recipes found in archives and libraries represent family traditions from branches that are no longer around to...

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