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“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.

 

Hometown Teams opens Aug. 25

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is excited to announce a special upcoming exhibit at their Thistle Cottage branch.

Thistle Cottage, a historic house museum owned and operated by the library system, will host the Smithsonian Institution-created Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibit August 25 through September 29, 2018.

Hometown Teams is one of the Smithsonian’s traveling “Museum on Main Street” exhibits provided to Kentucky’s small museums and libraries through a partnership with Kentucky Humanities. The exhibit focuses on the impact that sports can have on communities at every level, from youth sports and school teams up to beloved professional squads.

The exhibit also includes a local component. Each host site is asked to prepare a display of local sports memorabilia to be included with the Smithsonian exhibit.

Exhibit coordinator Amie Waltrip said those pieces are some of the most exciting in the exhibit because of their local connection. “We have some great items in our own collection that we’ve pulled out for the exhibit, but there are also plenty of other people who have loaned us great pieces that should and will be featured,” she said.

Waltrip said memorabilia to be displayed includes jerseys, trophies, photos and more from school and community sporting events dating back to the early 1900s.

“Of course, the whole exhibit is exciting,” Waltrip said. “As far as we know, this is the first time a Smithsonian exhibit will be available here in our own county.”

Library director Janet Harris added, “The fact that it’s a Smithsonian exhibit says a lot. You know it’s a really high-quality exhibit that will appeal to a lot of people when it’s coming from such a well-known, respected organization.”

Muhlenberg County is one of only a few counties in the western part of the state to receive the Hometown Teams exhibit. The exhibit visited Todd County last fall and will travel to Murray after it leaves Muhlenberg County in late September.

The Hometown Teams exhibit at Thistle Cottage opens on August 25. The exhibit opening will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house at Thistle Cottage from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by Muhlenberg County’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet at Second Baptist Church at 5 p.m. The library collaborated with the Hall of Fame committee to make sure the county’s notable athletes would be included and honored with the Hometown Teams exhibit. The 2018 Hall of Fame inductees will be present to cut the ribbon to open the exhibit, and all inductees will be featured in the exhibit and are encouraged to attend the open house.

The public is invited to attend the open house, as well. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Harris said. “We have the ability to honor our own as part of a Smithsonian exhibit.”

“We don’t want anyone to miss their chance to see this.”

The library is also planning several sports-related programs in August and September in conjunction with the exhibit. Special programs begin Aug. 23 with a Kentucky Chautauqua presentation of “Adolph Rupp: The Coach” at 7 p.m. at the Central City library. Other programs include:

  • Family Movie Night – Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Central City library featuring a sports-related movie
  • Kentucky Chautauqua’s “Roscoe Tarleton Goose: Kentucky Derby Winner” – Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at Thistle Cottage
  • “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 former local athlete and current NCAA basketball official Tommy Eades
  • Family Movie Night – Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Central City library featuring a sports-related movie

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit or related programming, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

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.

Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams exhibit coming August 2018

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is asking for assistance from around the region with an upcoming exhibit.

The library is gathering memorabilia to display as part of a larger sports-themed exhibit coming in late August.

Muhlenberg will host the Smithsonian Institution-created Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibit August 25 through September 29, 2018 at the library’s Thistle Cottage branch. Hometown Teams is one of the Smithsonian’s traveling “Museum on Main Street” exhibits provided to Kentucky’s small museums and libraries through a partnership with Kentucky Humanities. The exhibit focuses on the impact that sports can have on communities at every level, from youth sports and school teams up to beloved professional squads.

The exhibit also includes a local component. Each host site is asked to prepare a display of local sports memorabilia to be included with the Smithsonian exhibit.

That’s why the library is reaching out to the community. They are seeking loans or donations of sports-related materials from Muhlenberg County and the surrounding region.

“We are still gathering items,” exhibit coordinator Amie Waltrip said. “We already have some items in our own collection, but we know there are plenty of other people who have great pieces that should be featured.”

“We welcome loans and donations from people who want to be involved.”

Waltrip said memorabilia to be displayed could include jerseys, trophies, photos or anything else related to school or community sports programs. The library is searching for materials from Muhlenberg County as well as the rest of the region.

Anyone with items they think may be appropriate for the exhibit should contact the library.

Waltrip said that, while the bulk of the exhibit will focus on Muhlenberg County itself, the library is hoping to have at least one or two pieces of memorabilia from each of the counties surrounding Muhlenberg County. “Of course we want to include plenty of memorabilia from our own county, but we would like to have a regional section to the exhibit, too, where all of our neighbors can be honored,” Waltrip said.

“This exhibit has much wider appeal than just our own county.”

Library director Janet Harris pointed out that even local sports usually reach beyond a single county’s borders. She said, “Our schools play against each other and sometimes even with each other on regional teams. Some of us have friends and family in neighboring counties.”

“Sometimes even our rivalries provide great memories that are a part of our story … those things need to be included in an exhibit like this,” Harris said.

Muhlenberg County is one of only a few counties in the western part of the state to receive the Hometown Teams exhibit. The exhibit visited Todd County last fall and will travel to Murray after it leaves Muhlenberg County in late September.

Waltrip and Harris said they are honored to be selected as one of the recipients of the exhibit. “We are so excited to host an exhibit like this,” Waltrip said.

Harris added, “The fact that it’s a Smithsonian exhibit says a lot. You know it’s a really high-quality exhibit that will appeal to a lot of people when it’s coming from such a well-known, respected organization.”

The Hometown Teams exhibit at Thistle Cottage opens on August 25. The exhibit opening will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house at Thistle Cottage from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by Muhlenberg County’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet at Second Baptist Church at 5 p.m.

The library is also planning several sports-related programs in August and September in conjunction with the exhibit.

For more information about the exhibit or related programming, or to ask about loaning items to Thistle Cottage to be included in the exhibit, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

Hometown Teams has been made possible at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries by Kentucky Humanities.

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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