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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Free Genealogy Presentation


Searching for that elusive ancestor or trying to locate the "perfect" image for your project?

Learn how to access an ever-growing number of documents, images, and other records on the Internet in a special demonstration by Jennifer Greene, Archivist at the University of Southern Indiana.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Willard Library, Second Floor

This program is free, but reservations are appreciated. Call (812) 425-4309, ext. 114, for more information, or visit Willard's Calendar of Events:

- From Pat Sides, Willard Library (Special Collections)

Friday, October 7, 2011

From My Email Box - Some Upcoming Civil War Events


There are several great events and exhibit openings across Kentucky this month! Please see below for more information.

Columbus-Belmont State Park
Civil War Days,
October 7-9
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Belmont
Weekend event includes battle reenactments, living history, encampments, and more. Battle reenactments held at 2:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Friday evening Ghost Walk and Saturday night Civil War ball. For information, call 270-677-2327, or e-mail cindy.lynch@ky.gov.

Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy
Exhibit Opening, Frazier History Museum, Louisville
Opens October 15
Original exhibit featuring more than 100 artifacts that examines Kentucky’s divided families and more. For information, see:

“Civil War Voices”
Center for Rural Development, Somerset (2292 South US 27, Traffic Light #15)
October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Barter’s Theatre’s touring production of “Civil War Voices” is based on authentic tales using real words. For information, contact Sharon Dodson at 606-677-6072, or sdodson@centertech.com.

“Embattled Capitol: the Civil War in Frankfort”
Paul Sawyier Public Library Community Room, Frankfort
October 17, 6:30 p.m.
Presentation by James Prichard, KY State Archives, KY Humanities Council Speaker. For information, contact Diane Dehoney at diane@pspl.org.

United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Exhibit Opening, Filson Historical Society
Opens October 21
This exhibit will be free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information, visit www.filsonhistorical.org, or call 502-635-5083.

Ghost Walk at Fort Duffield October 29, 2011 Nighttime tour of Union Fort Duffield, 300 ft. above the City of West Point. 61 soldiers died of hardship and disease constructing this 1,000 foot long earthen fortification. Admission: $20.00 per person. Location: Fort Duffield Park & Historic Site, West Point, KY, U.S. 31W at Salt River Dr.For more information: fortduffield@insightbb.com, 502-922-4574
In addition, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has been working with the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Heritage Council on a new Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail. The website for this trail has just been launched, and can be accessed at www.kentuckycivilwartrails.org. This site includes information about the trail sites, blog postings, travel itineraries, and more.


Stuart W. Sanders
Community Services Administrator
Administrator, Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Administrator, Kentucky War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1792, ext. 4420
"Sanders, Stuart (Historical Society)" Stuart.Sanders@ky.gov

Sunday, October 2, 2011

TSGS Meeting Notice


TSGS Meeting Notice!

When: 11 Oct 2011 Tuesday Night

Time: 7:00 PM

Where: Willard Library - 2nd. Floor

What: Monthly Meeting

A drawing for an attendance prize will be awarded at close of meeting... you must be present to win.

The Tri-State Genealogical Society will have a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by Mary Alice Springer~"The Importance of Major General Samuel Hopkins Jr. to Henderson, KY and The Restoration of His Family Cemetery, Spring Garden Cemetery."

Mary Alice Tolson Springer a graduate of Vincennes University and Indiana University with a major in Chemistry, began her career at Mead Johnson & Company in Evansville, Indiana. Over time, Mary Alice branched out professionally along several career paths, including: computer systems specialist, clinical studies coordinator, medical writer, and ultimately owner of her medical writing company, Bluegrass Documentation, which she still operates.

Growing up in Vincennes, with tales of the exploits of George Rogers Clark and of “Alice of Old Vincennes,” Maurice Thompson’s fictional heroine of the Battle of Fort Sackville, ringing in her ears, Mary Alice learned to love history.

In her Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) work, Mary Alice was given recognition for her work on the Bicentennial Commemoration of George Washington’s death in 1999. In 2002, she was awarded First Place in the National Society of DAR "National Defense Editorial Contest" on the World Trade Center Attack of September 11, 2001. In 2004, she took Second Place in the state of Kentucky for her National Defense editorial Honoring our War Dead on Memorial Day. As Commemorative Events Chairman for her chapter in 2007-2009, Mary Alice organized and oversaw her chapter’s celebration of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, This two year event won a First Place Award by the NSDAR in July of 2010.

While serving as DAR Chapter Regent in 2009, she got the opportunity to “make a difference” to preserve the family cemetery of General Hopkins by addressing the city commissioners, pointing out Hopkins’ service in both military and civic roles and of all he had done for Henderson as its founder. She asked them to please fund the initial phases for the preservation of this historic cemetery. With the funding in tow, she was asked to serve on an Ad Hoc Committee to oversee the actual preservation and restoration of Spring Garden Cemetery. The City of Henderson dedicated the restored Spring Garden Cemetery with pomp and pageantry on September 16, 2011 on the 192nd. anniversary of General Hopkins’ death.

Anyone interested in genealogy or history is invited... you do not need to be a member to attend the society's monthly meetings.

Donald R. Counts, TSGS President