Posts Tagged ‘Abraham Lincoln


Kentucky Humanities Council awards $1,200 to Portland Museum for panel discussion

The Kentucky Humanities Council recently awarded $1,200 to Louisville’s Portland Museum for an upcoming forum that focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and how it was influenced by the media.

The panel discussion, scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the museum, corresponds with an exhibit featuring about 50 engravings that depict the major events of the Lincoln presidency, from the Republican Convention in Chicago in 1860 to the hanging of Lincoln’s assassins in 1865. The images, original engravings published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and Harper’s Weekly, are from a private collection and have not been previously displayed in Kentucky. They tell the story of the Lincoln presidency and demonstrate the power of imagery in the 19th century popular media.

As part of the Lincoln Bicentennial, the Kentucky premiere of this private collection will stimulate discussion on the role of the media in creating mythic and iconic stature of Lincoln in the national culture. Panelists include Dr. John Kleber, professor emeritus of history from Morehead State University, McConnell Center Fellow and editor of several major works, including The Encyclopedia of Louisville and The Encyclopedia of Kentucky; Dr. Thomas Mackey, professor of history at the University of Louisville and adjunct professor of law at the Brandeis School of Law; Richard C. Cooper, manager of interpretive services at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and Harpers’ Weekly scholar; Stephen George, editor of LEO, a weekly newsprint publication serving the Louisville Metro area; and John Faulkner, director of community relations for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

Since its creation in 1972, the Kentucky Humanities Council, with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions, has supported public programs in the humanities throughout the Commonwealth. These programs include, but are not limited to, conferences, lectures, radio and television productions, exhibits, teacher training and development of curricular materials, interpretive programs for festivals, book discussions, and planning for future projects.

For information about this event or Portland Museum, located at 2308 Portland Ave., Louisville, Ky., click here. For more information about applying for a minigrant through the Kentucky Humanities Council, visit our grant introduction page. For information about KHC’s programs and services, click here.


Our Lincoln DVD on sale now!

If you weren’t able to travel to Washington, D.C., to see Our Lincoln at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, never fear. We’re bringing the experience to you.

DVD coverThe Kentucky Humanities Council, in partnership with Michael Breeding MEDIA, has produced a DVD of the musical, historical and theatrical performance that thrilled its audience in the nation’s capital on Feb. 2. Nearly 1,500 people from six states and D.C. purchased tickets to see this celebration of the life of Kentucky’s most beloved president, Abraham Lincoln. Our Lincoln featured more than 350 performers, many of them Kentuckians — including Metropolitan Opera stars Angela Brown and Gregory Turay, violinist Mark O’Connor, the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, UK Symphony Orchestra, the Lexington Singers and their Children’s Choir, Kentucky Chautauqua performers and the American Spiritual Ensemble. Public radio broadcaster Bob Edwards was master of ceremonies, and Nick Clooney was a narrator for the performance.

The DVD is $21.20 plus shipping and handling (price includes tax). Order your copy today by visiting the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Web site and filling out the order form.


Grant funds support Civil War programs in Kentucky

The Kentucky Humanities Council recently awarded more than $2,250 to two Kentucky organizations for public programming.

Friends of the Lost River Inc. of Bowling Green will receive $1,064.50 to host several events during the Lost River Cave Civil War Living History Weekend. Scheduled for Oct. 16-17, the fifth annual event offers a glimpse into the period lifestyle of civilians and soldiers during the Civil War. Artisans and experts present exhibits, demonstrations, reenactments and guided participant activities. This year’s event features a Civil War Ball with period music and dance. Kentucky Chautauqua®’s Jim Sayre, portraying Abraham Lincoln, will give his “I, too, am a Kentuckian” performance.

Friends of Middle Creek Inc. will receive $1,200 for its project “First Ladies of the Civil War,” which will be featured Oct. 2-3 at the Apple Day festival in Paintsville and Oct. 10-11 at the Jenny Wiley Festival in Prestonsburg. Reenactors portraying Mary Todd Lincoln and Varia Howell Davis will actively participate with audiences at both of these festivals in period dress and settings, discussing their husbands, the causes and issues of the Civil War and how the Civil War affected women.  The reenactors will also offer a presentation to history and political science classes at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

These grants are made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions. For more information about applying for a minigrant through the Kentucky Humanities Council, click here.


Speakers in central, western Kentucky this weekend

The Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau will feature talks in central and western Kentucky this weekend by two very interesting presenters — state historian James Klotter and Kentucky NPR commentator Georgia Green Stamper.

In Winchester, Klotter will offer his presentation “A Power Trio: Henry Clay, Mary Todd and Honest Abe,” in which he explores the unique relationship between these three influential Kentuckians. Klotter’s talk begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Clark County Public Library, 370 S. Burns Ave, Winchester.

In Greenville, Stamper will tell you about “Extraordinary Ordinary Kentuckians.” A seventh-generation Kentuckian, Stamper is in love with Kentuckians and their unique stories. From farmers in bathrobes who taught her the true meaning of the Christmas story, to a shell-shocked housepainter who took her to Hell on a train, Stamper’s real-life characters will stir the hearts of those in the audience. Her talk begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Muhlenberg County Library History Annex, 117 S. Main St., Greenville.


He, too, was a Kentuckian: See him in Munfordville

The Hart County Historical Society, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, presents Abraham Lincoln: “I, too, am a Kentuckian” Chautauqua at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at the historical

Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Jim Sayre

Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Jim Sayre

society museum, 109 Main St. in Munfordville.

Born on a farm in what is now LaRue County, Ky., Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) spent his early years in the Commonwealth. When he was 7, his family moved to Indiana, and later Illinois. But as his native brilliance and burning political ambition carried him to the presidency and

greatness — a panel of historians recently chose him as the most influential American who ever lived — Lincoln always had connections with his native state.

In his law office in Springfield, Ill., he had a partner, William “Billy” Herndon, who hailed from Greensburg, Ky. His best friend in Springfield was Joshua Speed from Louisville. His wife, Mary, was from Lexington, a daughter of the prominent Todd family. And his political role model, a friend of the Todd family, was the Kentucky statesman Henry Clay. During the Civil War, Lincoln was unpopular in Kentucky, but when he said, “I, too, am a Kentuckian,” no one could dispute it.

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