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  1. Collections Corner: New Databases Available in the Library!

    Collections Corner: New Databases Available in the Library!

    Visitors to the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library now have free access to two new databases for researching their family history: American Periodicals (1740-1940): “This database contains 1509 periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children’s and women’s magazines and many...

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  2. Book Notes – The Kentucky Barbecue Book

    Book Notes – The Kentucky Barbecue Book

    The Kentucky Barbecue Book. By Wes Berry.  (2013.  Pp. 356.  $27.95. Hardcover. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-4179-4. For those of us who survived the Kentucky winter of 2013/14, we continue to embrace every second of summer that is humanly possible. Since...

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  3. History Mystery: Summer Picnic or Fair?

    History Mystery: Summer Picnic or Fair?

    This month’s History Mystery takes us to a beautiful summer day of the past. On a grassy hillside, a group of finely dressed ladies and gentlemen are posed, looking relaxed and somewhat happy. As happy as a turn of the century photographer would allow them to look: “OK everyone! Keep...

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  4. Collections Corner: Licking River Navigator

    Collections Corner: Licking River Navigator

    “The Navigator Containing Directions for Navigating Main and South Licking Rivers together with the Distances from one place of Notoriety to another…” Picture it: 1818, traveling along the Licking River in your flatboat. Unlike the Ohio River, the Licking is more narrow, with many twists, turns, and “ripples” to navigate....

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  5. Book Notes – The Land We Dreamed

    Book Notes – The Land We Dreamed

    The Land We Dreamed. By Joe Survant.  (2014.  Pp. 133.  $19.95.  Paper. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-4458-0. As our pedigree charts grow backward toward Kentucky’s early settlement days, and as we celebrate the “memory” of those we have never met, the...

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  6. History Mystery: the War Memorial at Paintsville, Ky.

    History Mystery: the War Memorial at Paintsville, Ky.

    The Ronald Morgan Postcard Collection (Graphic 5, Kentucky Historical Society) contains a postcard of this wonderfully moving memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War I.  I was curious as to the sculptor and the story behind it but could find very little.  I know somewhere in Johnson County someone...

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