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Book Signing – Hart/Hawkins

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is excited to welcome two talented authors to Thistle Cottage for a book signing on Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dr. Donna J. Burden Hart, author of the new genealogy text The Descendants of Owen Dogharty of Ireland, will visit Thistle Cottage to present her work, along with popular author and publisher Linda J. Hawkins.

Hart grew up in south-central Illinois, but both of her parents hail from Kentucky. When Hart discovered by coincidence in 1985 that her parents had a common ancestor somewhere in their families, she became interested in finding out more. Hart said, “By the time I finally found William Phelps, nine generations back, I was simply ‘hooked’ on genealogy.” She delved into her ancestry with a passion, and by 2006 she had decided to focus on the Irish Daugherty family. Somewhere along the way, she decided to put her findings into book form. After 10 years of grueling but exciting research, Hart said, the book is finally complete and ready for public consumption.

“The day the books arrived by UPS, on three large flats that had to be unloaded into my garage by forklifts, was a day that I was both excited and relieved,” Hart laughed. “And exhausted.”

Hart’s book uses names, pictures, charts, maps and stories to trace the descendants of Owen Dogharty (later spelled Daugherty or Daughety) from Ireland to Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and across the rest of the United States. Other families come into the book later as they married into the Daugherty family, including Abney, Beasley, Burden, Davis, Embry, Evans, Flener, Kessinger, Morris, Pharris, Phelps, Smith, Snodgrass, Taylor and more. The Daughertys of Butler County (Hart’s father’s home county) are the focus, but the family also moved into surrounding counties, including Breckinridge, Daviess, Grayson, Logan, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio and Warren Counties.

The Descendants of Owen Dogharty of Ireland contains hundreds of pictures and a wealth of information about the families included. It is a large-format , 10 by 12 inch leatherbound book of 1176 pages.

During the event at Thistle Cottage, Hart will discuss her work with visitors and will be available to answer questions as well as to sign copies of the book.

Hart will be joined at Thistle Cottage by Butler County-based author and founder of Heart to Heart Publishing Linda J. Hawkins. Hawkins is well-known and respected for her works, which include children’s books (Alexander and the Great Food Fight, Alexander and the Great Vegetable Feud and more) as well as Catering to Children with Recipes for Memorable Tea Parties, The Unspoken Language of Fans & Flowers with Recipes and cookbook Southern Seasons. Hawkins regularly presents her work at events around the country. She will also be available to sign her books during the event on Oct. 18.

For more information about the book signing, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.


Holiday Closure

Our Harbin Memorial and History Annex branches, which are temporarily located on the lower level of Old National Bank in Greenville during renovations, will be closed Monday, Oct. 10 due to the bank’s Columbus Day closure. The Central City library and Thistle Cottage will remain open normal hours on Monday to serve patrons. Harbin Memorial and the Annex will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

October Featured Artists

We are excited to welcome featured artists Amanda Shanks and Terry Stewart to Thistle Cottage this month! Stewart and Shanks are exhibiting 29 charcoal portraits, including 5 that they created as a team. The artwork will be on display until the end of October, and both artists will visit Thistle Cottage on Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. for an open house to meet with visitors and discuss their work. We hope everyone will join us to view these talented local artists’ work!


Featured Artist Clyde Lawter



Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage will host an exhibit of artwork by painter Clyde Lawter during September.

Lawter, a native of Oklahoma, recently moved to Muhlenberg County to be near family. His work has been featured in numerous shows throughout the Midwest, including three solo shows at the Parthenon in Nashville, Tenn., and he has appeared on several television programs related to art. He has also judged multiple art competitions and is the founder of the Paducah Area Painters’ Alliance.

Lawter works in a variety of techniques to produce his artwork. His favorite style is French Post-Impressionist, such as that used by Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. The exhibit at Thistle Cottage will include _ of his works.

Lawter’s artwork will be on display at Thistle Cottage through September 30. The artist himself will visit Thistle Cottage for an open house and reception on September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. This event will give the community a chance to meet with Lawter and discuss the artwork on display. Community members can also stop by Thistle Cottage during regular business hours any time in September to view the exhibit.

Thistle Cottage is open Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

Barry Duvall Book Signing

Local author Barry Duvall will visit Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage next week for a book signing and presentation.

Duvall will introduce his new book, Wings of Immorality: Dark Cloud over Greenville, Ky., at the event, which is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. at Thistle Cottage. The book discusses infamous Greenville resident Miriam Eaves and her companion, Bert Wing.

Duvall will briefly discuss the history of Eaves and Wing and the events included in his book. He will answer questions from the audience, and he will also be available to sign copies of the book. Visitors are encouraged to bring their copies of the book so they will be able to reference them during the presentation.

Duvall is a well-known historian in Muhlenberg County. He has also written another popular book, My Last Day in Browder, regarding the 1910 mine explosion in Browder, and he has spoken at events around the region about both books and the events discussed therein. He also runs the very popular Muhlenberg County Kentucky History Group on Facebook.

Wings of Immorality can be purchased at the Coal County Vendor Mall in Greenville, Attic Heirlooms in Greenville, Brothers Country Store and Deli in Drakesboro, the Central City tourism office, online from Amazon or eBay or directly from Duvall. Duvall can be reached by email at to purchase a book.

For more information about the book signing, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

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