History

Culture
6:14 am
Wed October 30, 2013

TN Historical Commission Taking Grant Applications

Credit Fisk University Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

The Tennessee Historical Commission will start taking grant applications for historic preservation projects for next year starting tomorrow.

Officials say the amount of funds available for grants in Tennessee is expected to be about $200,000.

The selection progress will emphasize projects such as architectural and archaeological surveys, design guidelines for historic districts and the rehabilitation of historic buildings.

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Society
12:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

50 Years Later: Reflections on President Kennedy's Berlin Speech

On this day 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous "ich bin ein Berliner" speech to West Berlin, underlying support for the West 22 months after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this statement of US policy and its impact on the Cold War.

A few days ago in my American History class, I lectured on the early years of the Cold War of the late 1940s and early 1950s. With rapt attention, young Racer Nation listened to me drone on and on about the Berlin Airlift and the fact that the city would become what I called a “pregnant symbol” of the U.S.-Soviet conflict. 

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West Kentucky High Iron
9:10 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Boom to Bust: The History of Earlington, Kentucky

Earlington depot in 1910 with railroad employees out front.
Credit Shelly Baskin / WKMS

West Kentucky High Iron feature story - Boom to Bust: The History of Earlington.

The history of many towns in west Kentucky has been shaped, in large part, by the coal companies and railroads that brought in jobs, money, and people. During the golden years of coal and rail in the early 20th century these towns boomed. And when the coal ran out and the trains stopped rolling, they crashed. The city of Earlington, Kentucky is one of those towns.

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Culture
4:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

New Historical KY smartphone app

A new smart-phone app offered by the Kentucky Historical Society allows tourists access to the history behind roadside markers.   The aim is the weave a historical story.  Sally Warfield, who’s a Digital Media Specialist with the Kentucky Historical Society, says the new app connects communities by demonstrating their shared history.

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Good Reads
4:12 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Good Read: His Excellency George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

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Here is the impetuous young officer whose miraculous survival in combat half-convinced him that he could not be killed. Here is the free-spending landowner whose debts to English merchants instilled him with a prickly resentment of imperial power. We see the general who lost more battles than he won and the reluctant president who tried to float above the partisan feuding of his cabinet. His Excellency is a magnificent work, indispensable to an understanding not only of its subject but also of the nation he brought into being.

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Datebook
11:11 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Datebook: February 10 – Midway Atoll Bombarded 70 Years Ago

The Midway Atoll is a 2.4 square-mile group of formerly-inhabited islands claimed by the United State between Hawaii and Japan. It is currently home to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and is open to the public for visitors interested in ecology and military history. Indeed, Midway played a significant role in the Pacific Campaign in World War II. The Battle of Midway was one of the most important naval battles in the war, which took place 70 years ago this June. Due to its strategic location, it became a convenient refueling stop for transpacific flights and Navy ships.

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