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Stories of Lexington, Kentucky’s history and people.

Tales From The Kentucky Room Lexington Public Library

    • History
    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

Stories of Lexington, Kentucky’s history and people.

    Revisiting the 1974 Tornado Super Outbreak after 50 Years (2024)

    Revisiting the 1974 Tornado Super Outbreak after 50 Years (2024)

    Yesterday, April 2, 2024, there were three confirmed EF-1 tornado touchdowns in three different Kentucky counties, with severe storm damage affecting many more, including Lexington. Today, April 3, 2024, is the fiftieth anniversary of the tornado super outbreak in 1974, with 7 F5 tornadoes attributed to this one storm. The super outbreak affected thirteen states with a total death toll of 319 people, with 75 of them in Kentucky. 
     
    Wayne Johnson sits down with Mariam to describe his memories of day in Lexington, Kentucky, which was spared from the super outbreak, and the destruction in the counties that were not so fortunate, and to give important safety tips of always listening to the warnings, and getting to shelter as fast as you can because seconds can mean the difference in survival.
    This episode discusses deaths and destruction a result of natural disaster, so please take care of yourself as you listen.

    • 46 min
    The Life of Ella Offutt Pepper (2024)

    The Life of Ella Offutt Pepper (2024)

    Librarian JP Johnson joins Mariam to discuss his research into the life of Ella Offutt Pepper, avid horsewoman and long-time owner of the James E. Pepper distillery. When her husband James E. Pepper took ill, he sold her the distillery to manage, which she did until after his death in the early 1900s. JP tells us about her widely-reported divorce from her first husband in Louisville, to the quiet ceremony of her second to Colonel Pepper, to her later years settling the Meadowthorpe estate.

    • 26 min
    Quilting Kentucky's Stories: Pants by Retha Hicks

    Quilting Kentucky's Stories: Pants by Retha Hicks

    Retha Hicks joins us with a tale of how she successfully protested the dress code for teachers in  Fayette County Public Schools in the early 1970's.
     
    Retha Perkins Hicks is a writer, a tour guide at Waveland State Historic Site, and a retired public school teacher. She was born in an Eastern Kentucky coal camp and lived in several different coal camps until she was eight years old. Those coal camps are the background of many of her childhood stories. She is a proud mother of four sons and grandmother of four grandchildren. She lives in Lexington with her Miniature Schnauzer, Edgar.
     
    Theme song "Appalachian Lofi" composed and performed by Bryan Klausing and Christine Cole.

    • 5 min
    Quilting Kentucky's Stories: Donna Carter's Speech for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Quilting Kentucky's Stories: Donna Carter's Speech for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Quilting Kentucky's Stories is a year-long series of autobiographical tales from Lexington Residents, some of them funny, some of them heartwarming and some heart wrenching, but all of them important as they build the quilt of Kentucky life.
     
    Donna Carter joins us for our inaugural episode, performing the speech she gave on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Winchester (Clark County), Kentucky. She recounts her 30 years in recovery, and how equity helped her to build the life she has now.
     
    Donna resides in WInchester, KY with her husband of 23 years and their 14 year old daughter. Donna has over 20 years of HR experience within various industries.  Over her career she has been responsible for leading HR departments and DEIB initiatives in the manufacturing, non-profit, government, education and private sectors. She is currently the Director of Professional and Community Development at Internal Family Systems Institute, headquartered in Chicago, IL and also oversees the HR department.  

    • 11 min
    Pralltown (2024)

    Pralltown (2024)

    Mariam sits down with JP Johnson, Kentucky Room Librarian to discuss his research into Pralltown, one of Lexington’s best known Black Enclaves. They talk about the founding of Pralltown, how the residents of Pralltown stood up to urban renewal and destruction of their neighborhood in the mid-twentieth century, and a few of Pralltown’s famous residents: community leader James Herndon, known to most as Sweet Evening Breeze; Lou Johnson, the professional baseball player for the Dodgers; and Tony Briggs, a leader in Lexington’s Punk music scene.

    • 32 min
    Coming Soon: Quilting Kentucky's Stories

    Coming Soon: Quilting Kentucky's Stories

    Join Sylvia Lovely for a preview of the upcoming series presented by Tales from the Kentucky Room: Quilting Kentucky's Stories. 
    Quilting Kentucky's Stories is a year-long series of autobiographical tales from Lexington Residents, some of them funny, some of them heartwarming and some heart wrenching, but all of them important as they build the quilt of Kentucky life.
    Theme song "Appalachian Lofi" composed and performed by Bryan Klausing and Christine Cole.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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