“Farmer’s and Mechanic’s Almanac, 1859.” Rare Books and Pamphlets. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1859. Kentucky Historical Society. http://www.kyhistory.com/cdm/ref/collection/RB/id/1351 (accessed January 7, 2018).11/18/19
Flora Percell, interview by Lynn Davis, April 26, 2002, 2010OH04.17,
African American Heritage in Southern Hart County Oral History Collection, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY.
This beaten biscuits board was given to my mother by Hugh Wood of eastern Kentucky in 1972.
My mom made a few cookbooks and shared her recipe for beaten biscuits in those cookbooks. It is the recipe my sisters and I grew up with and what my dad remembers from his youth. Mom passed away a long time ago, so we continue her recipes. I am the one who makes the beaten biscuits for the family. I have made YouTube videos explaining how to make them, and I’ve shown different beaten biscuit boards. (We have always used he word “board,” although some people call it a “break”). The beaten biscuits we make are supposed to be soft and not hard. They have a distinctive look from the fork holes that let the air escape. If you look online, you will notice different looks. For this reason, I have named our type Western Kentucky Beaten Biscuits, as my father is from Hopkinsville.
Growing up, our parents bought a beaten biscuits board for all of us and had them motorized with a sewing machine pedal. I have bought one for each of my kids as well.
My mom and older sisters would do demonstrations with a board on the Belvedere in the 1970s. I try to keep the art of beaten biscuits alive! I am so attached to my board that it has moved with me out west, even though it is very heavy. I have two old beaten biscuit cutters that I keep in very safe places. I treasure the memories of beaten biscuits in our life like waking to the sound of the machine’s whir when I was little, and running downstairs wanting to watch and help my mom as she made them.
I also love their taste! They are time consuming to make, but worth it!
I have been working on a publication for several years about quick-fix snacks that are never found in cookbooks. It concerns the Western Kentucky homemade concoctions that have no recipe, in no cookbook, and were passed down from families. I believe that they are an important part of our history that should be preserved. The simple snacks are comfort foods usually made just to tide us over.
This is a draft of a brochure I created inviting participants to send in their homemade snacks for the project.
Jean Merrell, Madisonville11/18/19
In conjunction with the International Museum of the Horse, the Kentucky Historical Society is featuring the interviews, photos, and artifacts that tell the story of African Americans in the horse industry. We invite you to share memories from all horse-related occupation and recreation with any horse breed.11/18/19
Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt served as Kentucky’s governor from 1963 – 1967. Among his contributions to civil rights in Kentucky were his efforts in the passage of the 1966 Kentucky Civil Rights Act, which banned discrimination in public accommodations and employment. Breathitt also worked alongside UK president John Oswald in recruiting Nathaniel Northington.
In this audio clip, Gov. Breathitt talks about civil rights legislation in Kentucky and also his role in working with the University of Kentucky to recruit Nathaniel Northington.
(The interview is part of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project, Kentucky Oral History Commission, Kentucky Historical Society: http://passtheword.ky.gov/collection/civil-rights-movement-kentucky-oral-history-project)11/18/19
September 30, 1967 marks the 50th anniversary of the first integrated football game in the SEC between the University of Kentucky and the University of Mississippi. Following the tragic death of Greg Page on September 29, Nathaniel Northington became the first African American player to play in an SEC football game.11/18/19
Charles Bradshaw, head coach of the University of Kentucky football team from 1962 to 1968. Bradshaw played a role in signing the first African American players, Nathaniel Northington and Greg Page, to UK’s football team.11/18/19
In 1965, UK recruited Nathaniel Northington to play football for the UK Wildcats – a few weeks later UK football coach Charles Bradshaw signed Greg Page from Middlesboro, Kentucky. Northington and Page pushed for further integration and by the fall of August 1967, other African American players were signed, including Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg.
Tragedy struck, however, during practice in August, leaving Greg Page paralyzed from the neck down. Page died on September 29, one day before Northington broke the SEC’s color barrier in the September 30, 1967 game against the University of Mississippi.11/18/19
John Oswald served as the University of Kentucky’s sixth president from 1963 – 1968. Although a short tenure at the helm of the university, Oswald’s progressive stance on academics and integration steered UK toward the recruitment of African American players.
Oswald picked up where his predecessor, former UK president Frank Dickey, left off by guiding behind-the-scenes conversations regarding the racial desegregation of the SEC. Concerned over Kentucky’s future in the SEC and the overall survival of the conference, UK athletics director Bernie Shively and Auburn athletics director Jeff Beard proposed a plan in which teams would play five permanent conference opponents and two additional teams on a rotating basis. This plan laid the early foundation for today’s conference schedule in the SEC.11/18/19