family letters

Society
11:42 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Watson & Robinson Collection Offers Glimpse into African-American History in Hopkinsville

Kate Lochte speaks with Louise Jones of the Kentucky Historical Society about the Watson & Robinson Families Collection on exhibit at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library. The collection features 27 handwritten letters detailing family history information and offers a glimpse into the history of African-American communities in Hopkinsville. A free community event, made possible by the Kentucky Historical Society and the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky, will be held July 20 at the library. Sessions include open-sharing sessions about the letters, and a special panel discussion on researching African-American roots. For more information, contact the KHS Reference Desk at 502-564-1792, extension 4460, or email KHSrefdesk@ky.gov.

Culture
9:00 am
Sun August 5, 2012

Family Letters Tell of Christian County's Enslaved and Free People

Pictured is one of the letters written by Isabel Watson to Violet Ware, of Hopkinsville.
Kentucky Historical Society
  • Full, unedited interview with Louise Jones of the Kentucky Historical Society, on the Watson and Robinson family letters collection.
  • Radio version of WKMS's interview with Louise Jones, of the Kentucky Historical Society, on the Watson and Robinson family letters.

When was the last time you hand wrote a letter? For most people, not recently. In the 19th century, letters were vital links to family and friends. And for historians today, they are a snapshot of daily life. The Kentucky Historical Society recently added 27 letters to its collection. Called the Watson and Robinson letters, they contain information about the lives of free and enslaved families in Hopkinsville and Lexington. Louise Jones is the director of Special Collections and the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library. Jones spoke with Angela Hatton about the significance of the Watson and Robinson collection.

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