Monthly Archives: March 2010

Far Away Places – John Moore, the Road to Santiago & Pilgrimage

John Moore talked about the Road to Santiago & Pilgrimage as part of the WKU Libraries' Far Away Places series at Barnes & Noble, Bowling Green, KYOur Far Away Places series featured John Moore on the evening of March 25 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bowling Green, Kentucky. He gave a talk entitled “The Road to Santiago and Pilgrimage.”

John is a Road Scholar with the Alabama Humanities foundation, and in May of this year he will lead a group of students on “The Road to Santiago.” It is the famous walk across Spain sometimes called the French Road to Santiago de Compostela where some believe the remains of the first martyred apostle of Jesus, St. James are housed. People have been following this pilgrimage route since the medieval period. It’s now designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Retired General Presented Libraries with Books

Dan Cherry, Retired Brigadier General for the United States Air Force, presented Dr. Mike Binder, Dean of WKU Libraries, with several copies of his book, My Enemy My Friend: a story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War as a donation to each of Western's six library locations. Dan Cherry, Retired Brigadier General for the United States Air Force, presented Dr. Mike Binder, Dean of WKU Libraries, with several copies of his book, My Enemy My Friend: a story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War as a donation to each of Western’s six library locations. Mr Cherry is President of Aviation Heritage Park, an educational aviation museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dan served for twenty nine years as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. His military credentials include flying 295 combat missions during the Vietnam War and serving as Commander and Leader of the Air Force Thunderbirds. Dan currently resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is a member of the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.

Book Description: On April 16, 1972 at 15,000 feet in the skies near Hanoi, North Vietnam, Major Dan Cherry first met Lieutenant Nguyen Hong My. In an intense aerial battle Dan shot down the MiG-21 piloted by Hong My. Thirty six years later Dan and Hong My met face to face in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for the first time since that fateful day. This book describes that meeting, Hong My’s subsequent trip to the United States and the strong friendship that has evolved between these two men. The book’s universal message of reconciliation and friendship has appeal to all ages.


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US Bank Art Show to Be Featured on WBKO Tonight

Tonight (March 18) on WBKO at both 5 pm and 10 pm, Amy DeCesare will be featuring our US Bank art show in her “View from the Hill segment. Be sure to watch our program being highlighted. FYI, Jennifer


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Going Up? The Elevator



The Elevator was the first student publication at Western Kentucky State Normal School. It was published “monthly” during the school year from 1909 through 1916. Volume II has been posted on TopScholar using optical character recognition software to make the issues full-text searchable. In this first volume are accounts of the first baseball team: “we have hopes of securing a professional coach;” faculty activities: “Prof. Webb went fishing and swimming in a creek in east Tenn,” lists of graduates; news from alumni: “Miss Lillian Moore is teaching English and History in the Natchez Miss. High School;” student compositions; advertisements for local merchants and general news of the school. Check it out on TopScholar.

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Jack Montgomery, Michael Franklin, Austin Klaine Performed at Java City

Librarians and guest performed at Java CityAt Java City at noon, March 17, Jack Montgomery and Michael Franklin, both WKU Libraries’ employees, and their special guest Austin Klaine performed Irish music to an intensely entertained crowd.

This is part of the Helm LIbrary-Java City noon concerts event sponsored by Independence Bank.

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Library Student Assistant a Winner of Many Awards

while working in Government Documents of the Libarries, Janet has won many awards.Janet has worked in the Government Documents and Law area since 2008. During these years besides being a excellent worker Janet has accomplished winning all these awards. We are very proud of her. Way to go “Janet” from your co-workers in Government Documents & Law, WKU Libraries.


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By George: British History, 1760-1820

georgeIII_georgeOn March 17th from 10:20 to 11:30 The History Department and WKU Libraries sponsored the first in a continuing series on monarchs and minions, beginning with BY GEORGE: BRITISH HISTORY, 1760-1820. The free, swipeable event featured a panel of WKU faculty, staff and students leading a discussion on George III: The Man, The Mistake, The Mischief, The Monument in Helm Library, Room 100.

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Hitcents and WKU Libraries Partner to Promote The Horse In Kentucky on New Website

Hitcents and WKU Libraries have partnered to create  a new website highlighting the layout, description and general plan for a new permanent exhibit to be housed at the Kentucky Museum. Hitcents, a nationally known  website and software development company that has created more than 200 websites, partnered with WKU Libraries to create the site to build interest, enthusiasm and funding toward the exhibit named The Horse in Kentucky.

Hitcents provided gift-in-kind services to create the website. According to Ed Mills, Chief Financial Officer for Hitcents, their company became excited about the project from day one. “After a casual conversation with Mike Binder, we learned of their vision to create a horse exhibit to be housed in the Kentucky Museum. Our company slogan ‘Dream it Real’ fit with the aspirations of this project,” said Mills. “Less than four weeks after our first conversation, we have managed to get the project out of the starting gate with the new website,”

“We are very pleased with the final product Hitcents put together for The Horse in Kentucky,” said Mike Binder, Dean of WKU Libraries. “They’ve created an amazing website and we look forward to communicating our plan to the public as we continue to develop the funding base to make this exhibit a reality.”

The Horse in Kentucky recently received a $35,000 grant from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s special tourism project funding. “For years, the state of Kentucky has promoted and spent millions on the horse industry,” said Vicki Fitch, Executive Director of Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Now, Bowling Green will be able to offer visitors a permanent exhibit reflecting one of our state’s top industries and points of pride.”

Solid Light, Inc., a design and planning firm based out of Louisville, Kentucky, has been contracted to design, construct and produce the exhibit. The Horse in Kentucky will operate on the fundamental question, “Why is Kentucky the horse capital of the world?” The website explains how the exhibit will explore three unique themes related to specific aspects of the horse’s prominence in Kentucky: the science, the function and the soul of the horse. There will be featured stories throughout the exhibit from past and present Kentuckians who have worked closely with horses of various breeds.

According to Timothy Mullin, Director for the Kentucky Library & Museum, the exhibit will also branch out to include all the many businesses touched by the horse industry. “A farmer, a saddle maker, feed suppliers, veterinarians, show judges, horse beauty parlors, therapy riding stables…the list is endless because the horse industry touches so many Kentuckians’ lives,” said Mullin.

For more information about The Horse in Kentucky exhibit, go to or call Timothy Mullin at 745-6261.


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Women’s History Month, Part II

Emanie Nahm Sachs

Emanie Nahm Sachs

As a child growing up in Bowling Green, she was a self-described ugly duckling whose conventional parents disparaged her attempts at music, painting, and writing.  But Emanie Louise Nahm (1893-1981) rebounded.  Snaring a job as a writer for the New York Times, she claimed to have rejected 26 marriage proposals before wedding Goldman Sachs partner Walter E. Sachs in 1917.  While studying writing at Columbia University, Emanie began to publish short stories in popular magazines.  By the end of her life, she had also published three novels, a memoir, and a biography of feminist icon Victoria Woodhull that remains a standard reference.

But it was Emanie’s 1924 novel, Talk, that set her home town abuzz.  Her story of Delia Morehouse, a young woman who crumbles beneath the weight of public opinion and strict gender roles, was a thinly disguised portrait of early twentieth-century Bowling Green, warts and all.  Reviews of the book were rhapsodic, one noting that it was as compelling as Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street in its depiction of small-town tragedy.  Citizens of Bowling Green, however, were scandalized by what they saw as Emanie’s magnification of their pettiness, hypocrisy, and destructive gossip.  Emanie dismissed the controversy.  Her quarrel, she claimed, was not with the cruelty of those who gossiped, but rather the “stupidity” of those who allowed gossip and negative opinion to hurt their self-image.  The goal of her own life, one might conclude, was to overcome that same stupidity.

For more on Emanie Nahm and the materials about her life that are available at WKU’s Special Collections Library, click here and here.


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Join Us Friday, March 19 for the BG Gallery Hop

Gallery HopJoin us Friday, March 19 for
The Bowling Green Gallery Hop at the Kentucky Museum
View over 150 incredible works of art by local & regional artists

4:00-8:00 pm
(Come over right after work!)

For more information, call 745-2594.


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