Daily Archives: November 17, 2011

Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation was President Abraham Lincoln’s most controversial but most important decision. Ultimately it turned out to be the act for which Lincoln has been most remembered and admired. Dr. Glenn LaFantasie, WKU’s  Richard Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History, talked about how Lincoln came to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Dr. LaFantasie’s presentation was offered on the evening of November 16, 2011 at the Kentucky Room in the Kentucky Building in conjunction with the “Lincoln: the Constitution & the Civil War” exhibit.

Organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs, the exhibit was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Folk-rock Band Mythagoe Wowed Audience at Java City


On November 15th the folk-rock band Mythagoe wowed the folks at Java City with their originals and their innovative arrangements of classic tunes by musical luminaries  like The Beatles.  Mythagoe features WKU music major Julia Fisher on vocals and bass, Kerry Pruitt also of the Lost river Cavemen on violin, Tim Short on Drums and Atremus Sumetra on lead guitar and lead vocals.  Mythagoe is certainly a band that will be invited back to Java City in the future.

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Google Scholar Citations Open To All

Google announced today, “A few months ago, we introduced a limited release of Google Scholar Citations, a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time. Today, we’re delighted to make this service available to everyone!.

For details, visit this Web site: http://googlescholar.blogspot.com/2011/11/google-scholar-citations-open-to-all.html

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William Shakespeare Hays

William Shakespeare Hays, composer of "Evangeline"

William Shakespeare Hays, composer of “Evangeline”

His name may have encouraged William Shakespeare Hays (1837-1907) to become a writer, but he resembled more of a musical Mark Twain than the Bard of Avon.  A river captain, journalist, poet and raconteur, the lifelong resident of Louisville composed hundreds of songs, several of which became much-loved standards of the 19th century.  A beautiful woman at an antebellum house party reminded Hays of Longfellow’s poetic story of “Evangeline,” and his song of the same name sold 150,000 copies in little more than a year.  After Hays overheard a fellow passenger on a mailboat imploring his sweetheart to return his affections, he was inspired to write “Mollie Darling,” which sold a million copies.  Hays’s legend as a balladeer grew so large that some credited him with composing that greatest of popular anthems, “Dixie.”  His journalism appeared in the Louisville Democrat during the Civil War and later in the Courier-Journal and Times, where his columns chronicled shipping, weather and other happenings on the Ohio River and became required reading for Louisvillians in-the-know.

WKU’s Special Collections Library holds a fascinating collection relating to William Shakespeare Hays that includes letters to his wife Belle, poems, song lyrics, sheet music, newspaper columns, royalty and copyright agreements, photos, and reminiscences of those who knew him.  Click here to download a finding aid.  For other collections on authors, journalists, musicians and poets, search TopSCHOLAR and KenCat.

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