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Wednesday – March 6, 2013

20th Annual Northern Kentucky
History Day is March 16 at NKU

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The 20th annual Northern Kentucky Regional History Day will offer something for everyone – from the music of the Civil War to a look at the library of the future. The event takes place on Saturday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.

“Northern Kentucky Regional History Day offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about our region’s rich history,” said Dr. Andrea Watkins, who is helping to coordinate the event. “The stories that make up our collective past are fascinating, and this year’s program features several topics that are not commonly covered.”

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with registration in the first floor of the NKU Student Union. The area will include various tables with information and artifacts from area historical organizations, museums and publishers. Light refreshments will be served at registration. This material will be on display until 2 p.m., when door prize winners will be announced.

At 10 a.m., NKU Emeritus Professor Dr. James Claypool will deliver a keynote address titled “Just Who are Those Folks we Call Kentuckians?” in the University Center Otto Budig Theater. Dr. Claypool will discuss the men and women who have called Kentucky home and their impact on shaping the destiny and history of America.

The day will then consist of two 45-minute workshop sessions in rooms throughout the Student Union.

Workshop Session 1 (11:15 a.m. – noon)

The Harrodsburg Tankers, the Bataan Death March and POW Life in WWII
Don Rightmeyer, Student Union 108
Learn about the experiences of these Mercer County men who were captured and held in the Philippines during World War II.

Music and Messages from the Civil War Era
Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers, Student Union 104
In the midst of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers seek to honor those who were involved by performing Civil War era music with US folk instruments.

Sneak Peek: A Preview in Recent Acquisitions in NKU Special Collections
Anne Ryckbost, Student Union 106
Highlights of recent collection donations related to Northern Kentucky history.

The War of 1812 and the Critical Role of Kentucky
Karl Lietzenmayer, Student Union 109
The causes and highlights of war events that impacted Kentucky and the Western Theater.

Wine Making in Campbell County
Dennis Walters, Student Union 107B
A look at the history of wine making in Campbell County by a winemaker who converted his 134-year-old dairy/fruit/vegetable farm into a vineyard.

Crafting Personal Narratives from Primary Documents
Denise Dallmer, Student Union 105
For teachers who want to use primary sources of the Civil Rights Movement to enhance classroom literacy skills.

Workshop Session 2 (12:15-1 p.m.)

Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park
Andy Corn, Student Union 107B
A brief history of the Lagoon Amusement Park and a look at a digital 3D model of the park in 1909.f

Lee Frakes: An Escaped WWII Gunner
Asa Rouse with Lee Frakes, Student Union 108
Persuaded to leave Lloyd High School to join the military, Frakes was shot down and hidden by a civilian family before escaping back to allied forces.

Library of the Future
Julia Allegrini, Student Union106
Review renovations of the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library and how new features will help patrons access history and genealogy resources.

The Knights Templar of Maysville and the Resurrection of the Cox Building
Orloff B. Miller, Student Union 109
Learn about the restoration of the Richardson Romanesque Masonic Temple built in the 1880s and fully restored in 2012.

Shaking Up the Kentucky Revivals: The Arrival of the Shakers
Carol Medlicott, Student Union 107C
A look at early Shaker expansion in the region through one particular missionary – Isaachar Bates. Will include original songs written by Shakers over 200 years ago.

Kentucky History Standards: Where are We Now?
Burke Miller, Student Union 105
A look at Kentucky’s current social studies standards for both educators and anyone interested in the future of history in our school systems.

The cost to attend Northern Kentucky Regional History Day is $6 per person in advance, $8 per person at the door. Parking for the event is in the Kenton Drive Parking Garage; participants will receive a parking voucher when they register. NKU faculty, staff and students can attend free by showing their NKU ID. Registration forms are available at

The event is sponsored by the NKU Department of History and Geography, the historical societies and heritage groups of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Owen, Pendleton and Robertson counties.

Anyone with questions about the event can contact John Boh at (859) 491-0490.

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