Kentucky Humanities Council

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Up to and through the Civil War, Kentucky was considered America's frontier. It was a central part of American history, says historian James Claypool, who writes for the Kentucky Humanities Council. On Sounds Good, he shares the story of Logan County's Presley O'Bannon, "one of the most remarkable people in Kentucky - and American history for that matter. Certainly one of the most significant Marines ever," who fought the Barbary Pirates in Tripoli in 1805, became a model for US Marine Corps traditions and retired to serve in the State Legislature and Senate.

Murray State University

Murray State history professor Dr. James Duane Bolin has been elected to the Kentucky Humanities Council Board of Directors.  He will serve one three-year term with the option of a second.  The KHC is an independent, nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It promotes Kentucky’s culture, heritage, arts and tourism. 


Former Kentucky Attorney General and U.S. Representative for the Sixth District of the Commonwealth, Ben Chandler is now Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council. His visit to western Kentucky coincides with Chautauqua performances in Hopkinsville schools and a two-part program at Lake Barkley State Resort Park Friday. We learn more with Kate Lochte.

Kate Lochte speaks with Constance Alexander, Kentucky Humanities Council presenter and Murray State TQI Faculty Scholar and poet, on how community groups can book speakers for events. They talk about the Kentucky Humanities Council and how Constance became involved and one of her topics, "Connecting People and Place," about the people who used to live in and around what is now the general LBL area. They also talk about memories of WWII and its impact on society.


Former Congressman Ben Chandler will be the new executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council.  

The non-profit group is not affiliated with the state, but works closely with state tourism and arts organizations. It is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"Well when I found out that [current director] Virginia Carter was retiring I actually sought out the position because it was a wonderful, unique opportunity for me to do the thing that I love, which is to promote my state, promote the culture, the tradition, the history, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky," he says.