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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.

 

 

Summer Space Spectacular Rescheduled

Our Summer Space Spectacular was rescheduled due to inclement weather, so join us Thursday, July 12 for this fun event!

Join us at Thistle Cottage on July 12 for a fun family celebration of the universe beyond our planet! The Explore Space exhibit will be open from 7 p.m. until about 9 p.m., and we will have games and activities for children and adults. Spacy snacks will also be available.
When the sky is dark enough, we will gather outside Thistle Cottage for stargazing. A telescope and sky maps will be available, but you are encouraged to bring your own telescopes and binoculars, as well. Don’t forget a chair or blanket!
If the weather cooperates and gives us clear skies, we should be able to see plenty of constellations and even a few planets!
Visit the interactive sky map at https://in-the-sky.org/skymap2.php for more information about what you can expect to see in the skies on any given night.
Street parking will be available. The parking lot will be closed for this event.
Follow us on Facebook or call us at 270-338-4760 for more information!

Summer Space Spectacular Star Party – June 27, 2018

Join us at Thistle Cottage for a fun family celebration of the universe beyond our planet! The Explore Space exhibit will be open from 7 p.m. until about 9 p.m., and we will have games and activities for children and adults. Spacy snacks will also be available.
When the sky is dark enough, we will gather outside Thistle Cottage for stargazing. A telescope and sky maps will be available, but you are encouraged to bring your own telescopes and binoculars, as well. Don’t forget a chair or blanket!
Cross your fingers the weather cooperates! The moon will be nearly full, reducing our ability to view fainter stars and galaxies, but we will be able to get a good look at the moon itself, as well as plenty of brighter stars and several constellations. We may even be able to spot Mercury, Venus, Jupiter or even the dwarf planet Ceres. Even better, if the skies are clear, we should be able to get a good look at Saturn and its rings!
Visit the interactive sky map at https://in-the-sky.org/skymap2.php for more information about what you can expect to see in the skies on any given night.
Street parking will be available. The parking lot will be closed for this event.
This event is subject to change due to weather. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for July 12, 2018. Follow us on Facebook or call us at 270-338-4760 for more information!

Ky. Chautauqua’s Mary Carson Breckinridge – June 7, 2018

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will host another Kentucky Chautauqua program this week as part of their ongoing “Thursdays at Thistle” series.

Janet Scott will present “Mary Carson Breckinridge: The Frontier Nursing Service” at Thistle Cottage on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

Mary Carson Breckinridge was born in 1881 into the prestigious Breckinridge family. Her father, Clifton Rhodes Breckinridge, was a U.S. Congressman and ambassador to Russia, and her grandfather, John C. Breckinridge, was Vice President of the United States under James Buchanan.

Despite her privileged upbringing, Mary Carson Breckinridge suffered her share of unhappiness. She was widowed at the young age of 25, and neither of the children she bore with her second husband lived past the age of 4. Her grief over these losses, coupled with a desire to serve others, led Breckinridge to dedicate her life to improving maternal and child welfare.

A trained nurse, Breckinridge joined the American Committee for a Devastated France in 1918. She specialized in caring for mothers and children. She helped expand medical service to more than 70 small villages in France in the years following World War I, as well as implementing an improved hygiene and preventative care program for children.

During this time, Breckinridge was influenced by the work of British midwives. After leaving France, she obtained a postgraduate degree in midwifery from the British Hospital for Mothers and Babies in London, England. When Breckinridge returned home to the United States in 1925, she settled in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, where she felt she could provide valuable medical service. She established the Frontier Nursing Service in Hyden. She and her “angels on horseback” served as midwives and provided low-cost general nursing care to almost 10,000 rural Kentuckians in the mountainous southeastern portion of the state. She later founded the Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery in Hyden to help train future generations.

By 1989, Breckinridge’s Frontier Nursing Service had provided more than 90,000 patients with affordable, accessible health services and assisted with more than 20,000 births. Of those, only 11 mothers were lost in childbirth.

The Frontier Nursing Service became a global example for rural healthcare, and the model Breckinridge set forth is still in use today.

Janet Scott portrays Mary Carson Breckinridge for the Kentucky Chautauqua program. Scott worked in New York City as an actress, playwright and teacher for 30 years before moving to Lexington, Ky. She previously portrayed Mary Settles, the last surviving Shaker at the Pleasant Hill community, for Kentucky Chautauqua. Scott also performs as part of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and coaches other opera singers from around the world.

Bo List authored the script for Scott’s portrayal. List has previously written works performed in Florida; Memphis, Tenn.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Chicago and New York City as well as his home state of Kentucky.

List also wrote the scripts for Kentucky Chautauqua’s Daniel Boone and Jefferson Davis, both portrayed by Kevin Hardesty, and Nancy Green, portrayed by Debra Faulk.

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

For more information about this program, 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.

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