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  1. Book Notes – Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners

    Book Notes – Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners

    Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners. By Katherine J. Black. (2015. Pp. 221. $24.95. Paperback. Athens: Ohio University Press: A Swallow Press Book. 31 S. Court St., Suite 143, Athens, OH 45701-2979. www.ohioswallow.com) ISBN: 978-0-8040-1162-4. Gardening, by nature, is often a solitary endeavor. We commune with the plants, soil, and weather…only later, sometimes sharing our spoils with others. In Kentucky, gardening has always been a dominant presence. Most of our Kentucky ancestors had some connection to growth, either by farming, or tending the garden to feed the family. Today, the gardening process is still going strong due to a heritage of...

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  2. Collections Corner: Southern Revolutionary War Pensions & Rosters

    Collections Corner: Southern Revolutionary War Pensions & Rosters

    This month’s Collection Corner comes to us from Kandie Adkinson at the Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office. At a recent event at Boonesborough, Kandie shared one of her favorite secret weapons when researching Revolutionary Soldiers in connection to land records: The Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Pension Statements and Rosters (http://www.revwarapps.org/).  This volunteer site, run by Will Graves and C. Leon Harris, is a digital monument to Revolutionary Soldiers of the south. According to the site: “This site is dedicated to celebrating the lives and contributions made by the brave men and women who fought or lived in the South...

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  3. History Mystery: Boys Outside Unknown Building

    History Mystery: Boys Outside Unknown Building

    Today we have one of those random group shots that often stump even the most seasoned of photo archivists. We usually have something to go on that would give us clues, but in this case, the clues are limited. Here’s what we do know: The photo is part of the Wolff, Gretter, Cusick and Hill Studio Negatives Collection (Graphic 2.) That collection tells us that the location of the building is more than likely centrally located in the bluegrass region, if not Franklin County, as this studio was based out of Frankfort. The boys are dressed in clothing that resemble...

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  4. Book Notes – The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South

    Book Notes – The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South

    The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South. By H. Roger Grant. (2014 Pp. 191. $40.00. Hardcover. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/) ISBN: 978-0-253-01181-7. Roger Grant is a History Professor at Clemson University and has written over 30 books, several of which involved railroads. This particular book, which is well documented, focuses on Antebellum plans to expand transportation overland and particularly creating a line from Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston. What enhances the value of this book is that it not only covers the transportation issues over land in the early 1800s and into the...

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