Monthly Archives: February 2008

One Book Author Man Martin in Bowling Green

Man Martin in a 2008 Corvette in the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KentuckyOn February 28, 2008, Man Martin, author of Days of Endless Corvette, came to Bowling Green to discuss his book, which is the 2008 “One Book” selection. He spoke and signed his book at the Corvette Museum, WKU’s Helm Library, and Bowling Green Public Library.

This is the fifth annual One Campus- One Community- One Book event sponsored by the Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners. The project is designed to cultivate reading and discussion by bringing the entire WKU campus and the Bowling Green community together around one book.

Photo album of the event.
Podcast of the event.

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KY Library & Museum Spring Break Arts Day Camp

Spring Break Camp

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Gallery Hop Begins

graphic for gallery hopParticipate in Bowling Green’s first annual Gallery Hop! A unique collaboration between the city’s independent Galleries, Non-Profit Galleries and Studio Centers to provide Bowling Green with great artistic opportunities.


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Kentucky Museum Store Sale

To Celebrate Leap Year at the Kentucky Museum Store… present this coupon:
50% off* one regular priced item
offer good Feb.25th-29th
*(no other discount allowed)
hours: Monday-Saturday: 9-4; Sunday: 1-4

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In Stitches

quilting workshop participantsAt a quilting workshop on Saturday, February 16, participants made a small wallhanging and in the process learned two techniques used by quilt makers – how to paper piece and how to make three dimensional flowers. Both techniques also can be used to accent clothing, home accessories and other sewing projects.

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Jack Montgomery’s Second Book

Book CoverMagical healings, ghostly encounters and alternative perceptions of reality have been a part of the history and culture of America since the settlement. Providing historical research to support personal narratives and field interviews, WKU Associate Professor and Librarian Jack Montgomery takes the reader into a largely hidden community that has its ancient roots in the African, German and Celtic cultures and is still active today despite the presence of our modern post-industrial society.

The research for this book actually began while Jack was a student at the University of South Carolina in the mid-1970s. As part of his senior thesis in Religious Studies, Jack conducted interviews with traditional magical healers in South Carolina, and eventually also included healers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia. This research led to a thirty-four year fascination with folk religion, magical healing and shamanism. It is also an account of one man’s spiritual journey into the depths of American folk religion that includes elements of shamanism and applied mysticism.

In 2002, Jack secured a book contract. The result is American Shamans: journeys with traditional healers published by BUSCA Press and released in February of 2008.


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Tommy Womack Performed at Java City in Helm Library

Tommy WomackTommy Womack, a WKU alumni and a songwriter, author, and “creator of taut sensual tension,” came to WKU and performed at the Java City in Helm Library at noon on February 19, 2008. Tommy was awarded Best of 2007 honor for “There I Said It!”

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Video clip on YouTube.

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Evelyn Thurman Award to Author Albert A. Bell, Jr.

Author Albert A. Bell, Jr.The Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award was given to Albert A. Bell, Jr., author of “The Secret of the Lonely Grave,” on February 16 in Kentucky Building.

Apart from the award committee members Sean Kinder, Deana Groves, and Tracy Harkins, the Dean of the Libraries and the department heads were also present at the luncheon. Professor Julia Roberts, Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Everlyn Thurman’s relatives and friends were among the attendees.

The Award is given to honor the memory of former WKU librarian, Evelyn Thurman, who made significant contributions to children’s librarianship and literacy during her 25 years of service. The biography will help you learn more about Evelyn and her contributions.

Photo album of the event on Flickr.
Audio of the event on UL Podcast.

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Area school children make scrapbook of Bowling Green history

school children look at historic photographsOn the afternoon of February 8, seventeen third graders from St. Joseph’s School in Bowling Green visited the Kentucky Library & Museum to search though our approximately 12,000 photographs. Their mission included looking for pictures of “jobs, transportation, schools and churches” that they could use in preparing a “scrapbook” of pictures depicting the history of Bowling Green.

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Kentucky Live!: Healing Kentucky

Nancy BairdIn support of her recent book, Nancy Baird, Kentucky History Specialist at the Kentucky Library and Museum, presented “Healing Kentucky” on February 14 at Barnes & Noble. This program is part of the “Kentucky Live!” series of programs organized by the WKU Libraries.

Healing Kentucky looked at 200 years of progress in medicine and health care in the Commonwealth–from Ephraim McDowell, who performed abdominal surgery on his kitchen table, to a couple of University of Louisville surgeons, who transplanted an artificial heart into the chest of a Logan County man.

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Podcast of the presentation..
Video clip on YouTube.

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