As part of the Murray State University Department of History Research Forum series, Dr. Melony Shemberger speaks on "Voices of a Border State: Editorials of the Civil War Kentucky Press" this Thursday afternoon at 4 in Faculty Hall room 201. Shemberger is an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at Murray State. The presentation is open to the public. 

The McCracken County Public Library hosts "Night Chills: An Evening of Ghost Stories" this Thursday night at 7 as part of its Evenings Upstairs series. Roberta Simpson Brown presents a program of true ghost stories past and present. The program is free and open to all. For more information, visit

There’s a Sustainable Living Expo tomorrow from 9 to 4 at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson, Illinois. The day-long event focuses on self-reliance and sustainability at home and within the community, with educational presentations and demonstrations on local foods, energy, and conservation. Admission is free. 

Maiden Alley Cinema presents a Music@MAC event featuring the Tillers, JD Wilkes, and The Hooten Hallers. The bands play a variety of old-time, blues, soul, and rock ’n’ roll music. The concert is tomorrow night with doors opening at 7 and the show at 8. Ticket pricing and more information at

Kincaid Mounds Historic Site in Massac County, Illinois, holds an archaeology field day this Saturday. Programs start at 10, noon, and 2, with ongoing Mississippian artifact displays, information tables, and children’s activities from 10 to 3. All activities are free of charge. More information on Facebook under “Kincaid Mounds Support Organization.” 

The work of digital artist Jessye McDowell is on display through November 13th in the Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery at Murray State University. The exhibit is titled “Make It Real” and features a series of landscape-based compositions created with 3D modeling software. The gallery is located on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. 

John D’Emilio, Professor Emeritus of History and of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, speaks on “Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin” tomorrow afternoon at 4. The lecture takes place at Wrather Museum Auditorium on the campus of Murray State University. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Islamic Center of Paducah invites the community to an open house this Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4. The event includes kids’ presentations, ethnic snacks from different countries, and a chance to ask questions about Islam. The Islamic Center is located at 760 Berger Road in Paducah.

Special Olympics basketball signups are this Thursday night at 6 at the First United Methodist Church gym in Murray. Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports training program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes ages 8 and up of all skill levels are needed. Volunteers are also invited to attend the event. 

The Water Valley Masonic Lodge hosts a Fall Festival tomorrow evening starting at 5. The free family-friendly event includes food, fire trucks, a hay ride, an outdoor movie, and more. The lodge is located on HWY 45 in Water Valley.