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Ky. Chautauqua’s Peewee Reese – Oct. 25, 2018

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will host the final Kentucky Chautauqua program in their 2018 “Thursdays at Thistle” series this month.

Dick Usher will present “Peewee Reese: Hall of Famer” at Thistle Cottage on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

Harold Henry “Peewee” Reese was born in Meade County, Ky. in 1918 and grew up in Louisville. In 1937, he joined the Louisville Colonels minor league team and by 1940 had been recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers. He won the starting shortstop position in his first year with the team and continued in that position for 16 years, except for a three-year span during World War II when he was serving in the United States Navy.

Reese held his own as a player, but he really shined as team captain. His leadership skills were impressive. Those skills were put to the test in 1947, when the Dodgers hired Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first black player. Some players for the Dodgers as well as other teams across the league opposed Robinson’s hiring, but under Reese’s guidance, Robinson gradually won acceptance in the league. With his actions towards Robinson, Reese was “the catalyst of baseball integration,” in the words of author Roger Kahn.

Reese retired in 1958 and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. He died in 1999.

Dick Usher of Benton, Ky. portrays Reese for Kentucky Humanities. Usher taught educational psychology at the university level for 33 years, and he has appeared in more than 25 theater productions.

Kentucky Chautauqua programs feature a costumed presenter who portrays a notable Kentucky historical figure. The presenter speaks about the life of the notable Kentuckian, followed by a short question-and-answer session.

This Kentucky Chautauqua program will be presented free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided.

Kentucky Chautauqua is a presentation of Kentucky Humanities. Local funding is provided by the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation.

For more information about the Hometown Teams exhibit or upcoming programs, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

 

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Tony Jones’s Funeral Service Exhibit at Thistle Cottage

Join us for a discussion about historic mortuary and funeral service customs! Funeral homes can be scary for some, but there is a lot of history surrounding death and funerary customs. Tony Jones’ funeral service collection, including mourning clothing, mortuary memorabilia, embalming equipment and even several coffins, is on display at Thistle Cottage until the end of October. During the open house (Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.), Tony will give a presentation about the items in the collection and will be available to answer additional questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Nostalgia Night” scheduled for Sept. 13

Do you remember when … ?

Join us for “Nostalgia Night” this Thursday!

This will be an informal, low-pressure gathering. We’ll provide light refreshments just to get everyone into the right mood (Cracker Jack, anyone?), and we’ll talk about our favorite sports memories. Several formal athletes and local sports gurus will be on hand to help get the conversation started, but everyone will have the chance to share their own thoughts and memories. This event will be more conversational than presentational, so everyone gets to take part! Don’t feel like speaking up? That’s fine too, just come listen to everyone else! Our community is full of great stories just waiting to be shared!

Participants of all ages are welcome to attend this event, but due to the nature of the program, some stories may be unsuitable for young children. Please remember that this is a community-led discussion, and use your own discretion when debating whether to bring children.

The Hometown Teams exhibit will also be open during Nostalgia Night until 8 p.m., so come check out the Smithsonian exhibit and all the great local sports memorabilia loaned to us for this exhibit!


Ky. Chautauqua’s Roscoe Tarleton Goose – Sept. 6, 2018

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will host another Kentucky Chautauqua program this week as part of their ongoing “Thursdays at Thistle” series, this time in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibit at Thistle Cottage.

Eddie Price will present “Roscoe Tarleton Goose: Kentucky Derby Winner” at Thistle Cottage on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

Roscoe Tarleton Goose, a native of Jeffersontown, Ky., began working with horses at a young age and quickly showed his natural abilities. By the age of 19 in 1910, he was one of the leading jockeys in America and the highest-winning jockey at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Three years later, at the age of 22, he rode Donerail to a victory at the Kentucky Derby. The win came as a surprise to the racing world; odds were 91:1 on Goose and Donerail, which still holds the record for longest odds of any Derby winner.

Goose retired from racing in 1915, only two years after his Kentucky Derby win, when his brother was killed while jockeying during a race. However, Goose stayed active in the racing industry. He advocated for the use of helmets to improve jockeys’ safety, and many years later, in 1961, he made waves by inviting African-American jockey Jimmy Winkfield into his private booth at Churchill Downs, which was still segregrated at the time, for that year’s Derby.

Eddie Price of Hawesville portrays Roscoe Tarleton Goose for the Kentucky Chautauqua program. Price is an author and former high school and college history teacher.

This Kentucky Chautauqua program will be presented free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Hometown Teams exhibit currently on display at Thistle Cottage. The exhibit features national and local sports-related memorabilia, including items from many of Muhlenberg County’s current and former school athletic programs. The exhibit, which is open at Thistle Cottage until Sept. 29, is also free to visit.

Other upcoming programs to be held in conjunction with the Hometown Teams exhibit include:

  • “Nostalgia Night” – Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at Thistle Cottage; local sports enthusiasts are encouraged to gather and share their own stories and memories of local sporting events
  • Tommy Eades presentation – Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Central City Convention Center featuring nationally recognized NCAA basketball official Tommy Eades
  • Family Movie Night – Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Central City library featuring a classic PG-rated sports movie

For more information about the Hometown Teams exhibit or upcoming programs, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

Kentucky Chautauqua is a presentation of Kentucky Humanities. Local funding is provided by the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation.

Hometown Teams has been made possible at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries by Kentucky Humanities with additional support from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

 

Ky. Chautauqua’s Adolph Rupp 8/23/2018

Join Muhlenberg County Public Libraries in welcoming Kentucky Chautauqua’s Edward B. Smith as Adolph Rupp to the Central City library on Aug. 23! The free program starts at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Rupp is a very recognizable name in Kentucky. He is famous for coaching the University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team for 42 years, from 1930 until 1972. During his tenure, Kentucky’s basketball program prospered, growing to epic levels of popularity that the team still enjoys today. Rupp Arena, where the Wildcats still play home games, is named in honor of Adolph Rupp. Rupp is portrayed by performer Edward B. Smith from Cynthiana. Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of Kentucky Humanities with local funding provided by the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation. This program is presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Hometown Teams exhibit, also locally sponsored by Kentucky Humanities. The Hometown Teams exhibit will be on display at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage Aug. 25-Sept. 29, 2018. Hometown Teams has been made possible at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries by Kentucky Humanities with additional support from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

 

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