McCracken Co. Public Library Evening Upstairs Series

PADUCAH, KY - McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington St. in downtown Paducah, will host the Evening Upstairs series, offering a wide variety of interesting speakers: 

June 14, 7  pm
Kentucky and the Great War : World War 1 On The Home Front
Presented by author David Bettez
This book is considered the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of the Great War on Bluegrass society. Bettez is also the author of "Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC," which won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for Biography.
Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities

July 26, 7 pm
Mose Rager: Kentucky's Shy Guitar Master
Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities & The Friends of The Library
Nancy Richey, Associate Professor Western Kentucky University,  will be discussing Mose Rager’s life and influence on music. Richey shared, “there are many country guitar legends—Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Eddie Pennington, to name a few—who trace the root of their music to Mose Ranger.

August 16,  7 pm
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern IL and Western KY
Presented by Kay Rippelmeyer, author of Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps & The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois, published in February 2015, received the superior achievement award for scholarship from the Illinois State Historical Society in 2016.

September 13,  7 pm
Children of Promise
With Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham
Cunningham is the author of the acclaimed best seller, On Bended Knees. He has written six books on regional history, all of which chronicle the struggles for justice in western Kentucky since the Civil War.

November 15, 7 pm
The History of Fort Campbell
Led by John O'Brien, Post Historian at Fort Campbell
He will discuss the historic ride that took Fort Campbell from a "Giant Bachelor City" to a "World-Class Army Home."

December 6, 7 pm
19th Century Steamboats Built at Communities along the Lower Ohio River
Presented by Robert Swenson, emeritus SIU Associate Professor of Architecture, retired architect, and Heritage Preservation Consultant.
He received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society. He will share research about the over 260 steamers known to be built at Smithland, Paducah, Metropolis, Mound City, and Cairo beginning in the 1820s through the 1930s.

All programs are free & open to the public. 
For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 119 or email

Published 06:00 AM, Tuesday Jun. 05, 2018
Updated 12:30 PM, Wednesday Jun. 13, 2018



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