Monthly Archives: September 2009

Nancy Baird kicks off Kentucky Live lecture series

Nancy Baird Speaking
Nancy Baird, WKU Librarian, kicked off the 2009-10 Kentucky Live lecture series at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, September 10. Baird provided a unique look into the Bowling Green area during the Civil War through the eyes of Josie Underwood, a young woman from an influential family in Bowling Green, with brief summaries from Underwood’s diary. Her diary, edited by Baird’s, is a part of the collection from the Kentucky Library & Museum.

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WKU Theses in International Catalog

WKU Libraries joined the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations ( as an additional way to increase access to the University’s research at the graduate level. The NDLTD catalog provides an additional discovery service that supports the international outreach for disseminating scholary research at WKU. Among the member institutions are Yale University, Rice, major state universities (Texas, NC, Tennessee), and institutions in Sweden, Kenya, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, and many more.  The platform that allows our theses to be harvested for additional databases is TopSCHOLAR®.

Through these initiatives, and others, we support a more robust and open scholarly communications system that allows the world to view our intellectual assets.

If you need additional information, contact Connie Foster at 745-6151.

September 16, 2009



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Clara Ramsey DeWilde Scrapbook


Clara Ramsey DeWildeClara Ramsey DeWilde was a pretty typical WKU student in 1945.  Born in Russellville, Kentucky in 1926, she was 19 when she came to Bowling Green.  She lived in West Hall and created a scrapbook of photographs of her time on the Hill.  These include friends on campus, Halloween in the dorm, a trip to Mammoth Cave and family.

This scrapbook was loaned to University Archives for digitization in 2007.  It is now available to researchers via KenCat by searching DeWilde [].  This is only one of many examples of Student/Alumni personal papers found in the University Archives.

If you have personal papers documenting life on the Hill please contact the University Archivist at

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Art Lovers Gather at Opening of Side by Side Exhibit

artist with his family at art exhibit openingOn Sunday, September 13th VSA arts of Kentucky and the Kentucky Library & Museum kicked off the start of the Side by Side: VSA arts Statewide Exhibit with a reception at the Kentucky Library & Museum.

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Bowling Green City Council Minutes Housed in Special Collections Library

Bowling Green City Hall

Bowling Green City Hall

Researchers interested in the history of local government can access original minutes of the Bowling Green City Council at WKU’s Special Collections Library.  The minutes document meetings of the Board of Councilmen from 1948-1967, the Board of Aldermen from 1955-1967, and the Board of Commissioners from 1968-1987.  Why the different names?  In March 1952, Bowling Green established a bicameral system of government in which a four-person Board of Aldermen shared legislative duties with the Board of Councilmen.  On January 1, 1968, Bowling Green officially eliminated the bicameral body and adopted a “city manager” form of government with a mayor and Board of Commissioners.  The minutes trace this evolution of city government and record matters of city business including passage of ordinances, annexations, purchases and sales of city property, employee appointments and salaries, building permits, bond issues, and rezonings.  A finding aid for the collection is available here.

A related collection consists of the typescripted minutes of the city trustees of Bowling Green covering the years 1823 to 1868.  These are also available in the Special Collections Library.

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Matthew Fogle performs at Helm Library

photos from Fogle concert

Matthew Fogle, Christian Rock Artist from Louisville, KY, performed today outside Helm Library. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed Fogle’s musical talents as they soaked up the sun during the noon hour.

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Bring out your child’s inner artist!

Where and when? October 5 – 9 from 8:00 a.m. – Noon at the Kentucky Library & Museum. After camp care is available from Noon until 4:00 p.m.

Age Group: 6 to 12

Cost: $120 & after care cost: $55. Library and Museum Associates receive a 10% discount.

More information or to register online.


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Gourd painting activity for the whole family!

On October 3rd, get ready for fall by painting a pumpkin gourd at the Kentucky Library & Museum! Bring your mom, kids, or grandkids. Special family price for two! All materials are supplied. Workshop facilitated by Lynne Ferguson.

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Participants do have an option to paint a second gourd during this workshop for an additional $7. This option must be selected during registration.

More information or register online.

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Hopping Good Time to Enjoy Art

On October 2, participate in the the Bowling Green 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. The galleries, museums and studio centers from around the city open their doors four Friday evenings out of the year so our curious citizens can tantalize their creative senses with great original art.

The “Side by Side: VSA arts of Kentucky” statewide exhibit is the featured exhibit at the stop at the Kentucky Library & Museum.

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Statewide Art Show to Open at Kentucky Library & Museum

student art projectOn Sunday, September 13, The Kentucky Library & Museum and VSA arts of Kentucky will open Side By Side 2009 Statewide Exhibition with a reception at 2:00 PM (CDT). This exhibit is composed of pieces selected from VSA arts Side by Side projects from across the state. Participating cities in 2009 include Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville, Murray, and Somerset.

VSA arts of Kentucky is a statewide, non profit organization dedicated to promoting arts, education and creative expression for all, with an emphasis on persons with disabilities.


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