Archive for May, 2009


‘Waco and the Bybees’ explores central Kentucky pottery

An upcoming exhibit and symposium in Paris, Ky., will spotlight Cornelison, Waco and Bybee pottery.

"Waco and the Bybees" will explore four lines of central Kentucky pottery.

"Waco and the Bybees" will explore four lines of central Kentucky pottery.

The Hopewell Museum will host a symposium May 30 about the central Kentucky art pottery of 1900 to 1935, and an exhibit devoted entirely to these pottery lines will run from May 27 to Sept. 27.

“Waco and the Bybees” is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Hopewell will spotlight the 1920s and ’30s art pottery of Cornelison pottery, Waco pottery and the Bybee Pottery Company lines of Genuine Bybee and Selden Bybee. This pottery is valued for its design and complex glazes and becoming sought-after nationally, but is still sometimes unrecognized even in central Kentucky.

“We are in the process of visiting the nation’s top collectors of this pottery to select 100-plus pieces based upon their artistic qualities, as well as their ability to document the development of the four lines of pottery,” exhibit curator Larry Hackley said.

Hackley is an internationally known folk art dealer, but also a former Kentucky State University ceramics and design instructor, a potter and collector of Kentucky pottery. Hackley has a degree in sculpture and ceramics.

“Our study and documentation of those pieces will clarify the development of this pottery,” Hackley said. “We will examine the pottery in the context of the arts and crafts and art deco periods, and specifically the Appalachian arts and crafts sociological movement chronicled by Allen H. Eaton’s classic book, Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands.

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Kentucky Chautauqua final review set for June 1

The public will soon have the opportunity to preview the Kentucky Humanities Council’s newest slate of Chautauqua performances.

A full dress rehearsal and review for five presenters who will join the Kentucky Chautauqua cast for the 2009-2010 season is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 1 at the Lexington History Museum, 215 W. Main St., Lexington. Each performance will last about 45 minutes, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with immediate feedback from the council’s team of professional and volunteer reviewers.

The incoming cast includes Lucy Bakewell Audubon, portrayed by Kelly Brengleman of Midway; Rosemary Clooney, portrayed by Bet Stewart of Cincinnati; Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade, portrayed by Ethan Smith of Cynthiana; Justice John Marshall Harlan, portrayed by Ed Smith of Cynthiana; and Billy Herndon, portrayed by Robert Brock of Horse Cave.
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‘Like Jacob’s Well’ named best first book by Presbyterian author

Like Jacob’s Well, a 125-year history of Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, has been recognized by the Presbyterian Writers Guild as the best first book by a Presbyterian author.

The Guild will honor the book’s authors, former Courier-Journal editors Bill and Linda Ellison of Louisville, with the 2009 James Angell Award at its June meeting in Atlanta.

The Ellisons’ book was chosen from 14 considered by a committee in Texas. The choices included works produced by Presbyterian ministers and scholars, as well as a woman who won a 1997 Pulitzer Prize as an investigative reporter for The Los Angeles Times.

Bill Ellison serves as the chairman of the Kentucky Humanities Council board of directors.


KHC programs near you

We have several programs scheduled across the state this week, and even out of state. Check out the calendar to see if there’s one near you and plan to attend! You can also visit the KHC calendar online here. Also, don’t forget — the Between Fences Smithsonian exhibit is on display at the Oldham County History Center in La Grange until June 6.

May 5: Daniel Boone: Pathfinder Chautauqua, 11 a.m., Brown Hotel, Louisville.
May 7: Prime Time Family Reading Time, 6 p.m., Boone County Public Library, Union.
May 7: Prime Time Family Reading Time, 5:30 p.m., Boyd County Public Library, Ashland.
May 7: Emilie Todd Helm: Rebel in the White House Chautauqua, 6:30 p.m., Martin County Historical Society, Inez.
May 7: Speaker Diane P. Coon, topic not listed in Whole Humanities Catalog, 7 p.m., Muhlenberg County Public Library, Muhlenberg.
May 9: Emilie Todd Helm: Rebel in the White House Chautauqua, 1 p.m., Bibb House Museum, Russellville.
May 9: Atta kul kulla: Cherokee Peace Chief Chautauqua, 3 p.m., Wilderness Road State Park, Ewing, Va.


Chronicling America: Kentucky newspaper collections available online

“Let those who decry the power of banks for evil look to Wall Street. Within the past month the Standard Oil Company, controlling the City National Bank, the United Trust Company and Farmers’ Loan and Trust Company, and aided and abetted by other banking interests to the extent of almost $2,000,000,000, has depreciated property values to the extent of $2,000,000 and has caused failures aggregating as much more. It has brought the country to the verge of a disastrous panic and has caused a tremendous falling off in trade.”

Sound like we’re quoting today’s issue of the Washington Post? Though the language might sound all too familiar, this story excerpt isn’t from a national newspaper and isn’t about recent events. It was printed on the front page of The Adair County News in Columbia, Wednesday, January 3, 1900.

the-adair-county-newsThere’s certainly something romantic about looking at old issues of newspapers from our communities. From advertisements that show century-old prices to feature stories about local people (like the narrative “A Kentucky Romance” also on the cover of this issue), there are so many treasures inside these worn, crumbled pages.

That’s why the National Endowment for the Humanities began the Chronicling America project, as a partnership with the Library of Congress. The National Digital Newspaper Program will, over the period of about 20 years, create a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all the states and U.S. territories published between 1836 and 1922. A prototype of this searchable database was launched in 2007 with newspapers from a select few states — including Kentucky.

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