Duane Bolin

Murray State University



Monuments surround us. On the courthouse square. In our cemeteries. On battlefields. What are these monuments for? Or as the Nashville songwriter Kate Campbell puts it, “Who are these monuments for?”

Monuments help us remember. Monuments are, after all, for us. They help us remember from where we’ve come, and therefore, they help us know who we are. Monuments are also erected as what writer Catherine W. Bashir referred to in “Southern Cultures” journal as “landmarks of power.”

Murray State University

Twenty-five years ago, we left Kentucky for an Arkansas sojourn, for me to teach in the History Department of a small liberal arts college. We returned to the Bluegrass after four years away; we loved the tiny Arkansas school, but we missed terribly the rolling hills of western Kentucky. If anything, our exile in the pancake-flat, mosquito-ridden delta rice fields of northeastern Arkansas taught me the intimate connection between the past, present, and future, something that any History teacher should already know.

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Murray State University history professor Dr. Duane Bolin joins Todd Hatton on Sounds Good to talk about the historical significance of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) on our region; and the Murray State all-day Symposium Friday that features a holistic, interdepartmental approach to the WPA Federal Arts Project, coinciding with the WPA art, photo, and other exhibits across campus this month.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Seventy-two history professors in Kentucky have signed a letter to the Historic Properties Advisory Commission of Kentucky calling for the removal of the statue of the controversial Jefferson Davis in the capitol rotunda in Frankfort to a museum. Todd Hatton speaks with two history professors at Murray State University who signed the letter, Dr. Duane Bolin and Dr. David Pizzo who argue for a contextual understanding of Davis and explain Kentucky's distinct position as a state on both sides of the Civil War.

Murray State's Department of History's distinguished Hammack Scholarship Banquet is September 14th in the University's Curris Center Ballroom. Reservations are due tomorrow! History professor Duane Bolin gives the keynote titled, "The Woman who Helped Blind Children See: Linda Neville and the Struggle to Eliminate Blindness in Kentucky." It's not surprising that fourth graders led Bolin to learn more about this early 20th century pioneer in the Commonwealth. We hear a bit of Neville's story with Dr. Bolin and Kate Lochte.

My Mother's Hands

May 10, 2013
Murray State University

I remember my mother, Cammie Mann Bolin, everyday, but there are times in the day when my memories intensify.  My mother, was born in 1921 at the beginning of the “Roaring Twenties,” and grew to adulthood in the years of the Great Depression  She lost two babies, a girl and a boy, born a year apart, both living only one day, but she raised with my father two boys — my brother and I — during  the Cold War.