Datebook: March 29 - Knights of Columbus Founded 130 Years Ago

Mar 29, 2012

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Roman Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the U.S. on March 29, 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus. There are over 1.8 million members in 15,000 councils. Membership is limited to "practical Catholic" men aged 18 or older. In 2010, the Order gave over $154 million dollars to charity, claims over 70 million hours of volunteer service, and over 413,000 pints of blood donated. The Order has played a significant role in politics. In 1954, they helped convince Congress to add the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. Columbus Day is a federal holiday thanks to the Order. More recently, and controversially, they've attracted media attention for financially supporting California's Prop 8 initiative. Famous Knights include JFK, Alan Keyes, Samuel Alito, Jeb Bush, Lou Albano, James Connolly, Vince Lombardi, Floyd Patterson, and Babe Ruth.

It’s Thursday, March 29

The Humane Society of Calloway County offers its second annual Doggie Easter Bone Hunt on Saturday afternoon at 2.  The canine equivalent of an Easter egg hunt will be held at the Murray-Calloway County Central Park Courthouse Pavilion.  Dogs must enjoy being around people and other dogs, be up-to-date on vaccinations, and be on a leash no longer than six feet in length.  The cost is $5 per dog.  Learn more at

A locally-produced film about Civil War teenager Nannie Haskins will be shown tonight at 6 at the Stewart County Visitor Center.  The film was produced by Dr. Ellen Kanervo and Sarah Kanervo.  Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.

An exhibit called Fantastic Fibers will open at the Yeiser Art Center with a reception on Saturday evening from 5 to 7.  The international competitive exhibition includes a wide range of innovative artworks related to the fiber medium.  For more information, visit

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