Culture

Restoration & Preservation
3:42 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Kentucky Played a Major Roll in the Forgotten War of 1812

Zachary Taylor at the Battle of Fort Harrison
Wikimedia Commons

June marked the bicentennial of the start of the War of 1812.  Not many Kentuckians know much about the conflict, aside from the burning of the White House, and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  Even fewer know about the role the Commonwealth played in it, despite the fact that if you live in the Jackson Purchase, you likely live in a county named for a soldier who fought and died in one battle of the War of 1812: Major Bland Ballard, Major Benjamin Graves, Captain Paschal Hickman, and Captain Virgil McCracken.  

Read more
Restoration & Preservation
3:35 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Ancient History Housed in Mounds Around Us

Wickliffe Mounds
Wikimedia Commons

Long before the Jackson Purchase, in about 1000 C.E, back when the Vikings were the only Europeans to come to this continent, Native American civilizations were building mound cities in and around our region.  Today, researchers and volunteers work to preserve these sites.  They call the people who built these now brooding places the Mississippians.  While much is known about them, there’s much more that’s mysterious.

Preservation and Restoration Series
9:00 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Clarksville Herbalist Cherishes Great-Grandmother's Remedies

A salve mixed from comfrey and olive oil is one of the home remedies Angelique Greer learned from her great-grandmother.

Before access to modern medicine became widespread, the rural poor mixed up their own treatments from the plants they grew and foraged. They learned which plants would relieve aches, supplement nutrition, and get rid of infections. These days, a trip to the pharmacy is a much more common way to heal an ailment. But there are still enclaves of natural healing around our region. Angela Hatton traveled to Clarksville, Tennessee, where a local herbalist has preserved her great-grandmother’s remedies.

Read more
Preservation and Restoration Series
9:00 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Calloway Countian Preserves 1812 Veterans' Graves

Photo by Craig Thweatt | Pictured is the grave of James Warterfield (Waterfield), in Calloway County. The inscription partially reads: "Born, Apr. 16, 1786, a soldier of 1812, ... died June 11, 1878 and was buried June 12 with military honors)

The War of 1812 is sometimes called the second war for independence. It’s also called the forgotten war, as it was overshadowed fifty years later by a much bloodier war. Kentuckians were an important part of the 1812 war effort. The Commonwealth contributed more to the casualty list than any other state. Soldiers buried in western Kentucky fought in campaigns from Canada to New Orleans, with a few under the command of then-General and future president Andrew Jackson. Angela Hatton went searching for their graves.

Read more
Preservation & Restoration
8:00 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Pogue Library Bringing Oral History Recordings into the Digital Age

Pogue Library is home to the Oral History Collection at Murray State.
Shelly Baskin WKMS News

Recordings in the Oral History Collection at Murray State University contain stories of the history and culture of the Jackson Purchase region. On reel to reel and cassette tapes, hundreds of recordings amounting to many hundreds of hours of audio are stored in the Pogue Library archives on the school’s campus. Some, however, are joining the rest of the world in making the switch to digital. 

Read more
WKMS LIVE @ ROMP
10:29 am
Sun July 1, 2012

WKMS @ ROMP: The Slideshow

The Farewell Drifters

We had a blast at ROMP  at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum. We hope you enjoyed the live broadcasts! Also a special shout-out to our friends at the Evansville-based NPR & PBS station, WNIN for helping make the trip and the broadcast possible.

See more photos on ROMP's Facebook page.

WKMS LIVE @ ROMP
2:59 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Old Crow Medicine Show Headlines Live Broadcast from ROMP

Old Crow Medicine Show
crowmedicine.com Crackerfarm

Tonight at 6 p.m. hear Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three and their creative mix of American roots, western swing, early jazz and country blues. The 23 String Band follows at 7:20 p.m. playing bluegrass fueled by high-octane rock-n-roll. Old Crow Medicine Show headlines at 10 p.m with old-time folk and bluegrass. Thanks for listening, Please "like" us on Facebook!

Click here to stream the broadcast (.m3u) Alternate links: iTunesWindows Media

Culture
3:52 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Open Fires Banned in LBL

Wikimedia Commons

The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has banned open fires due to prolonged high heat and dry conditions in the region.  

Read more
Music
9:11 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Carnegie at Calloway: A Conversation with Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

Peter Fletcher is a renowned classical guitarist. He's performed at many of the great classical music venues throughout the US, including numerous sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall. And, he'll be performing at Carnegie Hall again this April. He's a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and has performed with and taken master classes with some of the great guitarists of our time. He performed this week at the Calloway County Public Library. You can listen to a full conversation with Fletcher, including a couple of in studio performances, above. 

Wildfire
7:35 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Fire Burns Land Around Pennyrile Parkway

wikimedia commons

Officials say sparks from an electric line caused yesterday's wildfire along the Pennyrile Parkway in Christian County.

Read more

Pages