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Kentucky Live! presents David J. Bettez with “Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front”

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David Bettez is the retired Director of the Office of International Programs at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  Born in Portland, Maine he moved to Kentucky when his father was transferred there by IBM.  After attending parochial and public schools he moved to Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame from where he received a BA in history and wrote a thesis on T. E. Lawrence—Lawrence of Arabia.  He enrolled in the graduate school of the University of Kentucky receiving an MA and PhD with a specialization in European Diplomatic History after 1848.  He’s published articles on the Hague Peace Conferences and on the US Marine Corps prior to World War I.  His first book Kentucky Marine: Marine General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC was published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2014.  Feland  (1869-1936) was a native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky and played a major role in the development of the modern Marine Corps.  The book received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for Biography.

Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC by David J. Bettez

Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC by David J. Bettez

Kentucky and the Great War by David J. Bettez

Kentucky and the Great War by David J. Bettez

As 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I his newest book Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front seems especially timely.  Also published by the University Press of Kentucky Bettez explores the impact of the Great War on Bluegrass society, politics, economy and culture.  He examines local war efforts like the Kentucky Council of Defense as well as the efforts of Kentuckians who served abroad in military and civilian capacities.

Camp Taylor chaplains' school attendees lined up for mess call (Library of Congress)

Camp Taylor chaplains’ school attendees lined up for mess call (Library of Congress)

University of Kentucky military technical training during World War I, Nurses tend to an injured cadet, 191

University of Kentucky military technical training during World War I, Nurses tend to an injured cadet, 1918 (University of Kentucky general photographic prints)

Victor Strahm, an American flying ace from Bowling Green, KY (WKU)

Victor Strahm, an American flying ace from Bowling Green, KY (WKU)

David Bettez will be the next speaker in this year’s Kentucky Live! series on March 9, 2017 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (1680 Campbell Lane) at 7 p.m.  We hope you’ll join us.  Door prizes and a book signing will follow.

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Kentucky Live! presents “Wine-ing Your Way Across Kentucky” with Becky Kelley & Kathy Woodhouse

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WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live!” speaker series opened up its spring season with “Wineing Your Way Across Kentucky: Recipes, History, and Scenery” on the evening of February 16, 2017 in Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Bowling Green, KY. While Kentucky is known for its bourbon industry, wine has been a growing industry in recent years with new wineries applying for licenses every year. Childhood friends Becky Kelley and Kathy Woodhouse traveled across Kentucky visiting over seventy wineries. The book includes Kelley’s description of each winery, with its location, hours, and events information, along with Woodhouse’s amazing photography and favorite recipes using the wines.

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Bruce Richardson and “The Tea Things of Jane Austen”

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Our opening speaker in our fourteenth season of talks on Kentucky Live! Southern Culture at Its Best was one of the world’s leading tea experts Bruce Richardson, who is a writer, photographer, tea blender and frequent speaker at tea events around the country. The theme of Bruce’s talk in our series was “The Tea Things of Jane Austen,” which took place  at Barnes & Noble on the evening of September 8. Book signing ensued after his talk.

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Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods

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The last speaker for the 2015-2016 season of WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live!” speaker series was Aimee Zaring, an author from Louisville, KY. She talked about her book Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods on Thursday, April 14 at Barnes & Noble, Bowling Green, KY. She brought with her some Bosnian dessert pastries provided by Mirzet Mustafić.

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Venerable Trees: History, Biology, and Conservation with Tom Kimmerer

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On the evening of February 11, 2016 at Barnes & Noble in Bowling Green, KY, WKU Libraries kicks off its spring season of Kentucky Live! with Tom Kimmerer, Chief Scientist at Venerable Trees Inc., in Lexington, KY. Tom Kimmerer talked about his new book Venerable Trees: History, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass. A graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, with a PhD. in Forestry and Botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kimmerer has studied trees and woodland for over forty years, the last thirty-two of which have been in the Kentucky Bluegrass.

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You Belong to Us: One Baby, Two Sets of Parents

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Bowling Green author Molly McCaffrey was the speaker in the Kentucky Live! series on November 19, 2015 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore. She talked about and read from her newest book You Belong to Us: One Baby, Two Sets of Parents, a memoir which tells the story of her experience meeting her biological family just after her thirtieth birthday.

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The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

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John Hardin, Professor of History at WKU, talked about his recently published work The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia in the WKU Libraries-organized Kentucky Live! event on the evening of October 8 at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Jane Olmsted, “Seeking the Other Side”

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Jane Olmsted kicked off this season of WKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live! with a presentation of her book of poems Seeking the Other Side. The event took place in the Western Room of the Kentucky Building on WKU Campus on the evening of September 17, 2015. It concluded with Jane Olmsted signing her books.

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KY’s Nate Northington, First African American Football Player in SEC

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WKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live! series hosted Nathaniel Northington, the first African American football player in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), on the evening of Thursday, March 19 at Barnes & Noble bookstore.

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Cynthia Elder’s Talk is Next for KY Live! Speaker Series

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Cynthia Elder, local historian, photographer and editor of “the Catholic settlement” A History of St. Jerome Catholic Church 1836-2011, introduced the Church and the largest Picnic in the world (1984 Guinness Book of World Records) in her hometown Fancy Farm, KY to a Bowling Green and Warren County audience in Barnes & Noble on the evening of October 9, 2014. Her talk was part of the WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live!” speaker series.

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