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  1. Collections Corner: Licking River Navigation Journals

    Collections Corner: Licking River Navigation Journals

    By: Andrew Patrick, KHS Book Review Editor and Subscriptions Coordinator, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society For those of you who may have noted the Licking River as a watercourse along which your family resided, you may want to take a look at the Licking River Navigation Journals. Not only do they give us a descriptive window into the life of someone who had to traverse these waters, but they also give us a snapshot of life along the river during Kentucky’s early settlement years, including family names, structure descriptions, and professions. These journals (2 volumes) from 1818 provide first-hand...

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  2. History Mystery: “Tacky Party”

    History Mystery: “Tacky Party”

    Years ago, when KHS staff was traveling through the Ohio Valley to scan personal family items for our Ohio River Portrait Project, we were not prepared for the wonderfully fun items that would come our way. We’re used to the stoic studio portraits, and the pleasant landscapes/cityscapes, but catching a glimpse of silliness in an antique photograph always gives us a huge treat. It reminds us of the human side of our ancestors. They loved parties and having a good time, just as much as we do today. Our special History Mystery treat for today was originally labeled as the “Tacky Party” and...

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  3. Book Notes – Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front During World War II

    Book Notes – Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front During World War II

    Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front During World War II. By Richard E. Holl. (2015. Pp. 396. $45.00. Hardcover. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-6563-9. Often when we think of World War II, we think of those serving on the front line—the experience of the soldier on European soil or in the Pacific. Richard E. Holl’s Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front during World War II offers readers the first comprehensive account of the war effort by those at home in Kentucky. This is a meticulously researched  study of World...

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  4. Collections Corner: Henry Middleton Hyatt Genealogy Collection

    Collections Corner: Henry Middleton Hyatt Genealogy Collection

    The Rev. Dr. Harry Middleton Hyatt was a folklorist interested in Adams County, Illinois and witchcraft. He began researching the Millers of Millersburg, Kentucky in 1973, to publish an update to the 1929 edition, but died (Dec. 1978) before he could publish his work. Harry Middleton Hyatt, M.A., D.D., was educated at Kenyon College and Oxford University, and served as assistant rector at the Church of the Holy Spirit in New York City from 1951 to 1965. After his retirement in 1965, Dr. Hyatt returned to his hometown of Quincy, Illinois. Hyatt’s best-known work came in his research in folklore....

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