Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge - Champion of Peace and Nonviolence

Kentucky's Cultural Ambassadors to the World

The National Women's History Project recently called for nominations for 2019 honorees for "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence."  I submitted a nomination for Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge, originally from Lexington, Kentucky, with the following information:

Statues in Public Spaces of Historical Women in Kentucky

It was with great delight that we found out about the Lifetime Herstory Map - https://www.mylifetime.com/about-lifetimes-herstory-map-a-guide-to-americas-statues-of-women . Sadly, we saw that they only had one Kentucky woman monument on their map: Elizabeth Rogers in Berea, on Boone Street. She was the wife of Berea College principal, John A.R.

Celebrating UKy’s First Women - up to 1920

The Kentucky Agricultural and Mechanical College, having separated from Kentucky University in 1878, opened a Normal Department for the training of teachers in 1880 and the first women were enrolled. Women were not initially eligible for B.A. degrees. The A&M College moved to this campus on South Limestone Street in 1882 - coming to be known as State College.

Who's Working on What Biographies for the Project These Days?

KY Woman Suffrage

It's worth pausing for a few minutes to talk about what's in the works these days - there's so much happening with the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project! The hard work of getting to know who the historical women were and how they contributed to the movement - especially when so many of them chose to keep their names out of the local press - needs some support here today.

H-History on TV: Kentucky Pioneers

For those who may find it of some interest, TV's History Channel presented an early story of the American pioneer experience in settling Kentucky and the Continent last evening. Called the Frontiersmen, it attempted to tell the story of Boone's founding of Boonesboro within larger context of the American Revolution and his encounters with Shawnee Indians.

Congratulations to Paul Runyon on his new book about the Mentelles!

Just saw this notice come by about the fabulous new book from University Press of Kentucky— using his own translations from French of the letters among the fascinating Mentelle family...

The Mentelles: Mary Todd Lincoln, Henry Clay, and the Immigrant Family Who Educated Antebellum Kentucky

by Randolph Paul Runyon

Kentucky History Awards

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) sponsors the Kentucky History Awards to recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities and historical organizations throughout the commonwealth.

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