When the liberty bells ring on July 8, it will symbolize our beginnings, as a small country of three or four million people taking on the greatest military power in the world. While we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day, it wasn't until four days later when the average American heard the Declaration of Independence for the first time by orators on the court square or read it posted on the wall of the local tavern. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Captain Wendell Oury Chapter in Murray, hosts a Liberty Bell Tolling Ceremony at noon tomorrow, July 8, on the Calloway County Courthouse Lawn. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte sought the back story for the bell tolling to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence from Murray State University Professor of History Bill Mulligan.
Murray's Freedom Fest is full of activities for families this weekend, from golf tournaments, farmers market, parade with kazoo band, to arts and crafts vendors, inflatable and games for kids, a car show, live music by WKMS Battle of the Bands winners Big Atomic and finalists Red Ember, the Town & Gown Community Band concert and.... fireworks! On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte goes through the schedule with Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Erin Carrico.
The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board has approved 15 sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, including Murray's W.G. Swann Tobacco Co. building and Christian County's C.A. Baldwin Farmstead.
Murray Main Street hosts a fundraiser trivia night at the Murray Banquet Center on Friday, February 20th at 6 p.m. One day after last year's trivia event was the night of the first downtown building collapse. On Sounds Good, Murray Main Street Manager Deana Wright says this underscores the importance of the event and in helping to support the cause for historic preservation in Murray.