Main Street Owensboro, 1937 Flood

Kittinger, Carmen, contributor. “Main St. during the 1937 flood, Owensboro.” Photograph. Owensboro, Ky., 1937. Kentucky Historical Society: Ohio River Portrait Project. (accessed January 4, 2018).


Kraut Cutter

This cabbage shredder and box belonged to Mary Ruth Slaton, whose diary is in the Kentucky Historical Society collections and used in the depression-era kitchen of our “A Kentucky Journey” permanent exhibit. Mary Ruth mentions using some of the items from this collection in her daily journal. For example, in an entry dated Aug. 7, 1939, she mentions canning kraut in the afternoon. Her cabbage shredder was most likely used in this task.


Pouring Molasses

Man pouring freshly-made sorghum molasses into buckets ca. 1940-50 in Sebree (Webster Co.), Ky. Ohio River Portrait Project, 1990PH02, contributed by Mary Edith Pritchett.



Family reunion at Whitesville (Ky.) 1940

This photo from the Ohio River Portrait Project was contributed by Ida Mae Pruden. The family was Catholic,  and one little girl is holding a nun doll. Sears delivery truck is in background; Ida Mae Pruden’s uncle drove it.


Carter family reunion in the early 1950s

Sue Turner, Maggie Knott, and other family and friends at a Carter family reunion.

Carter family reunion

Carter family reunion in the early 1950s. Community Memories: A Glimpse of African American Life in Frankfort, Ky., 1995PH02 Contributed by Dorothy C. McGowan.


Boone Family Association at Daniel Boone’s Grave

This association of Boone descendants and researchers was founded June 30, 1924, and continued until the late-1930s. The first President, and organizer, was William Boone Douglass (third from the left). Mrs. Hazel Atterbury Spraker (third from the right), the author of The Boone Family, was the historian, registrar, and secretary.

Boone Family Association photo

Boone Family Association at Daniel Boone’s Grave (Frankfort, Ky.). Kentucky Historical Society, Wolff, Gretter, Cusick and Hill Studios Negatives, Graphic 2.


Ann Reynolds and Bill Meers of LaGrange, KY talk about growing up parallel to each other in a segregated community

Ann Reynolds and William “Bill” Meers discuss growing up in LaGrange, KY when it was a segregated community. They reflect on going to separate segregated schools (1 for white students and 1 for black students) and talk about the community in general during desegregation. Reynolds discusses attending the Lincoln Institute as a young woman and later Kentucky State University. Meers discusses attending Transylvania University and attending the 1964 civil rights march on Frankfort as a student there. He remembers finding a small group from LaGrange at the 1964 rally, of which a member was Reynolds’ mother.

Click here to download an essay from Bill Meers, ‘Bringing Everyone Together in Church:My Civil Rights Experience La Grange, Kentucky in the ‘60s’ in PDF format.

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