Posts Tagged ‘Northern Kentucky University

23
Oct
09

Multimedia collection at NKU will feature artifacts, photos and stories of tragic Beverly Hills Supper Club fire

By Feoshia Henderson

The night of May 28, 1977, tragically turned the national spotlight on Southgate, Ky., after a deadly blaze ravaged the Beverly Hills Supper Club. It was the third deadliest night club fire in history.

For most, the fancy night club that drew famous acts forever will be synonymous with the horrifying deaths of 165 people, most from northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Sparked by faulty aluminum wiring, the fire historically changed state and federal fire code and inspection standards.

Behind those headlines, however, are the people of the northern Kentucky region, many whose family members, friends or acquaintances died. And 32 years later, memories remain of escaping the chaos, smoke and flames on that dark night. Others have fond remembrances of the club, which hosted special family occasions like wedding and anniversary receptions and birthday parties.

Those stories, and others, are being preserved at Northern Kentucky University’s Steely Library, where a multimedia special collection will capture memories of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire — the events that followed, the people who died, and those who were left behind.

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02
Oct
09

Kentucky Humanities October issue hot off the presses

In just a few days, the October issue of Kentucky Humanities magazine will arrive in your mailbox. Not on our mailing list? Fix that now by e-mailing your address to Editor Julie Nelson Harris at julie.harris@uky.edu. If you love Kentucky and appreciate its history, culture and heritage, you want to get this biannual publication.

October 2009 KH coverWhat will you find in this issue?

• Information about the 275th birthday celebration of Daniel Boone at Fort Boonesborough State Historic Site, plus an in-depth look at the work of Kentucky Chautauqua’s Daniel Boone, portrayed by Scott New. Also learn about the man responsible for the majority of Boone research, Lyman Draper.

• An excerpt from Kentucky author Charles Bracelen Flood’s latest book, 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History. This chapter focuses on the events of Election Night, 1864, and is a fascinating read about this crucial time in Lincoln’s political career.

• Meet Lynn Horine, a Kentucky artist who began making pine needle gourd baskets after suffering from a degenerative disc disease.

• Read about two Kentucky universities — Campbellsville University and Northern Kentucky University — that are working to preserve history by cataloging it for the public to view.

Check the Kentucky Humanities Council Web site to download a PDF of the magazine, and join our mailing list today if you’re not already there!

09
Apr
09

An evening with the poet laureate

Kentucky Poet Laureate Jane Gentry will offer an evening of poetry at Northern Kentucky University’s Steely Library at 7 p.m. April 28. The event is sponsored by the NKU Friends of Steely Library and was recently featured on northern Kentucky’s news site, http://www.kypost.com. Read the full article here.

Kentucky Poet Laureate Jane Gentry reads her poem "Alexander Gardner’s Nov. 8, 1863, Photograph of Lincoln" during Our Lincoln Feb. 2. (Photo by Jonathan Palmer)

Kentucky Poet Laureate Jane Gentry reads her poem "Alexander Gardner’s Nov. 8, 1863, Photograph of Lincoln" during Our Lincoln Feb. 2. (Photo by Jonathan Palmer)

Gentry’s most recent collection of poems, “Portrait of the Artist as a White Pig,” was published by the Louisiana State University Press. She traveled with the Kentucky Humanities Council to Washington, D.C., in February to read her poem “Alexander Gardner’s Nov. 8, 1863, Photograph of Lincoln” during the presentation of Our Lincoln.

As poet laureate, Gentry is also a member of KHC’s Speakers Bureau. For information on how to book Gentry as a speaker through the humanities council, click here.