Dr. Ron Fritze, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Athens State University, spoke on “Prince Madoc and the Welsh Indians: A Myth” and other topics on pseudohistory and pseudoscience in this month’s Kentucky Live! talk at Barnes & Noble this Thursday, February 11th. Ron is the author of ten books on a variety of topics including: Legends and Lore of the Americas Before 1492 and New Worlds: The Great Voyages of Discovery, 1400-1600. His newest book Invented Knowledge: False History, Fake Science and Pseudo-religions has been drawing international attention including a featured review in the Times Literary Supplement in London. Ron will be signing copies of his new book following his presentation. This talk series is sponsored by the Friends of WKU Libraries and the Kentucky Museum.
Daily Archives: February 11, 2010
The 2010 Macy’s Used Book Sale was conducted by the Southern Kentucky Book Fest Partners at Bowling Green’s Historic L&N Depot from February 5 to 7th. Sponsored by Macy’s, this annual event will benefit the 2010 Southern Kentucky Book Fest that’s going to take place on April 17 in the Carroll Knicely Convention Center, WKU’s South Campus at Nashville Road. The Southern Kentucky Book Fest Partners include WKU Libraries, Bowling Green Public Library and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
Last Saturday (Feb. 6), Americans noted the 99th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), U. S. President from 1981-1989. Reagan’s relationship with William H. Natcher (1909-1994), Bowling Green native and U. S. Representative from Kentucky’s 2nd District, began in the late 1960s. Then governor of California, Reagan wrote Natcher about funding issues related to various federal programs.
On election day, November 4, 1980, Democrat Natcher was reelected to Congress with the largest margin he had ever received but, in a Republican landslide, Ronald Reagan carried both Natcher’s district and Kentucky to become the nation’s 40th president. Natcher had believed to the end that incumbent president Jimmy Carter might eke out a victory–but, he confided to his journal, “I was just as wrong as I could be.”
After becoming president, Reagan continued to correspond with Natcher, now chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, on legislative matters, but he also sent the congressman Christmas cards, birthday wishes and social invitations. These and much more are now part of the William H. Natcher Collection at WKU’s Special Collections Library. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibit runs through March 21, 2010.