Library Blog Archive

\"A

Visit this space to find out the latest happenings at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!

Ky. Chautauqua’s Nancy Green – Nov. 9

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has scheduled the final program in the 2017 “Thursdays at Thistle” series.
Kentucky Chautauqua’s Debra Faulk will present her “Being Aunt Jemima, the Pancake Queen” program at Thistle Cottage on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
Nancy Green was a pioneer of sorts for African-American women. Born as a slave to the Walker family in Montgomery County, Kentucky in 1834, she moved with the family to Chicago in 1872. That was where she met businessman R.T. Davis. Davis had purchased a pre-mixed pancake recipe, and he wanted an “Aunt Jemima” character to help market the product. Aunt Jemima, a popular character in minstrel shows of the time, was a friendly, outgoing cook for a wealthy white family. Davis chose Nancy Green to be his Aunt Jemima.
Green turned her role as Aunt Jemima into prosperity that was almost unheard of at the time for African-Americans, especially women. She gained financial independence, and she, in turn, used her newfound wealth to help others. Green was active in church and community and used the money she received as Aunt Jemima to help lead mission trips. She became a financial supporter of programs aimed at decreasing poverty rates among black Americans. Green also used her wealth and influence to promote equal rights.
Green is portrayed by actress Debra Faulk. The show’s script is written by Bo List, who has also written scripts for Kentucky Chautauqua’s Jefferson Davis and Daniel Boone shows.
This 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 the Kentucky Humanities Council. Local funding is provided by the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation.

Ky. Chautauqua’s Madeline McDowell Breckinridge

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has scheduled the next program in their popular “Thursdays at Thistle” series.
Kentucky Chautauqua’s Kelly Brengelman will present her “Madeline McDowell Breckinridge: Votes for Women!” program at Thistle Cottage on October 19 at 7 p.m.
Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, the great-granddaughter of famed statesman Henry Clay, was born in 1872 and spent part of her childhood at the Clay estate, Ashland, in Lexington. After losing a foot after a bout with tuberculosis, she became an outspoken advocate for many social causes.
Breckinridge focused on improving the lives of children; helping those living in poverty; promoting financial aid programs for those dealing with health issues (especially tuberculosis); and women’s rights, for which she has become known. Breckinridge was president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association for many years and eventually was named vice president of the National Women’s Suffrage Association. After the 19th Amendment was ratified in Kentucky in 1920, Breckinridge proudly cast her vote in that year’s presidential election – the only time she would do so, as she suffered a stroke soon after the election and died two days later on Thanksgiving. She was 48 years old at the time.
Breckinridge’s portrait is included in the state capitol’s “Kentucky Women Remembered” exhibit.
Breckinridge is portrayed by actress Kelly O’Connell Brengelman. Brengelman has worked with the Kentucky Humanities Council since 2005. She previously acted as Ruth Booe and Lucy Bakewell Audubon. She is currently portraying Rose Leigh, better known as “Rosie the Riveter,” as well as Breckinridge for the Chautauqua program.
Brengelman has also acted in commercials, documentaries and independent films. She recently appeared in the documentary Audubon, which received widespread recognition when it aired nationwide on PBS earlier this year.
This 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 the Kentucky Humanities Council. Local funding is provided by the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation.

Open House – Moore & Moore Photography

October’s featured exhibit at Thistle Cottage is photography by the Greenville-based husband and wife team at Moore & Moore Photography. Paul and Sally Moore photograph many local events as well as landscapes and natural scenes from around Muhlenberg County.
The photographers will visit Thistle Cottage on Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. for an open house and reception in their honor. Everyone is invited to join us for this opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work with them.

 
 

Courtesy of Moore & Moore Photography

 

Courtesy of Moore & Moore Photography

 

Courtesy of Moore & Moore Photography

Jean Ritchie Chautauqua to be held 9/21

 

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has scheduled the next two programs in their popular “Thursdays at Thistle” series.

The library will host two Chautauqua history programs over the next two months.

Kentucky Chautauqua’s Rachel Rogers will present her “Jean Ritchie: Damsel with a Dulcimer” program at Thistle Cottage on September 21 at 7 p.m.

Jean Ritchie was born in Perry County, Ky. Her recording career began in 1952 and spanned more than 30 albums before her death in 2015.

Ritchie’s work, which featured her mountain dulcimer playing, reflected her Kentucky life and her love of the state’s natural beauty. Even as she graduated from college and moved to New York City, where she would spend most of her adult life, Ritchie never lost her Kentucky roots. Instead, she focused on them, using her knowledge of the state and of music to bring attention to issues plaguing the Appalachian region.

Ritchie eventually became known as the “Mother of Folk” in recognition of her contributions to the art form. Her songs have been covered by many famous artists, including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. She was recorded extensively by famed folklorist and musician Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress.

Ritchie is portrayed by actress Rachel Lee Rogers. Rogers has worked with the School for the Creative Performing Arts at Bluegrass (SCAPA), the Bluegrass Opera, Woodford Theatre, Actors Guild of Lexington, Lexington Shakespeare Festival, Studio Players, the Lexington Public Library and now the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Chautauqua program.

In October, Chautauqua presenter Kelly O. Brengelman will visit Thistle Cottage to present her “Madeline McDowell Breckinridge: Votes for Women!” program. Breckinridge was an activist in the early 1920s who fought hard for women’s suffrage and many other social improvements.

That program will be held on October 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Thistle Cottage.

Both of these programs will be presented free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information about either of these programs, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

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

Ron Elliott – Apollo Program Discussion

Join Muhlenberg County Public Libraries on September 19 at 6 p.m. at Thistle Cottage for a discussion about the history of the U.S. space program with author Ron Elliott! Elliott will talk about NASA’s Apollo program, including his personal history working on these historic missions.

Elliott helped create training programs for NASA’s ground controllers to learn how to read and interpret navigation information for the Apollo missions. His discussion will include the history of the Apollo program and NASA’s space exploration efforts, as well as information about his involvement with the missions.

Elliott is a native Kentuckian. In addition to his work on the Apollo program, he has worked as a community college faculty member and has written several books based on true historical events. He also works as a speaker with the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau. His books will be available at the program.

Call 270-338-4760 for more information about this FREE program!

 

← Previous Entries Next Entries →