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22nd Annual Northern Kentucky History Day is March 28

For immediate release…
Tuesday – March 3, 2015

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The 22nd annual Northern Kentucky Regional History Day will feature a broad range of topics ranging from the Revolutionary War in Kentucky to Covington’s bicentennial, and just about everything in between. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Northern Kentucky University Votruba Student Union.

“Northern Kentucky Regional History Day celebrates the dynamic history of our region,” said Dr. Paul Tenkotte, NKU history professor and director of the NKU Center for Public History. “I am always impressed by the presentations, and this year promises to be no different. The topics of these workshops, lectures, and displays were selected to educate, assist, and entertain anyone interested in our collective past. This event is truly for everyone – genealogists, archivists, and history buffs alike.”

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with registration in the first floor of the 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., Dr. Tenkotte will deliver the opening presentation titled “Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015.” Dr. Tenkotte will offer an illustrated journey that explores how Covington – and the entire Greater Cincinnati region – served as a gateway to the rest of the nation and to the progress and development of the entire region. This opening presentation will take place in the University Center Otto Budig Theater.

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

  • Virginia’s Western War: Kentucky’s Revolutionary War Experiences (SU 109), by Don Rightmyer
    Learn how the Revolutionary War affected what is present-day Kentucky and those who were living here in the 1700s.
  • Celebrating 25 Years: Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society (SU 106), by Ken Reis
    A look at services provided and the rich local history preserved and protected by this volunteer organization.

  • Our Fellow Kentuckians: Rascals, Heroes, and Just Plain Folk (SU 108), by James C. Claypool
    An entertaining session on several interesting figures with Kentucky ties.

  • Railroads and the Making of Boone County (SU 107C), by Stephen D. Conrad
    An exploration of how railroads affected the development and growth of Boone County.

  • Cousins, Contracts, and Copyrights, Oh My…: History and Genealogy (SU 105), by John Schlipp
    Who owns genealogical research and published information? When do you need permissions to use others’ work?

  • Historical Battles: The Place of American History in Education (SU 107B), by Burke Miller
    Why do Americans know so little of their own history? Are we losing our heritage? This session explores the debate over the study of history in school classrooms.

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

  • Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in World War I (SU 107B), by Patricia Van Skaik
    An inside glimpse of the war years and how it impacted military and local civilian life.

  • 1997 Falmouth Flood: Our Experience (SU 109), by Russ Conrad and Penny Conrad
    With waters rising 50 feet in 24 hours, residents worked to save their lives and property. Come hear first-hand accounts of the historic flood and its aftermath.

  • Did He Say Regiment, Squadron, Battalion, Destroyer, or Attack Transport? Military Research for WWI and WWII (SU 108), by William T. Stolz
    Useful tips and strategies for using military-related print and online resources.

  • Devou Park Beginning and Early History (SU 107C), by Jeannine Kreinbrink and Doug VonStrohe
    Learn the forgotten history of the hills overlooking Covington and Ludlow.

  • Northern Kentucky Heritage Magazine: Its History and Impact on the Region (SU 106), by Eric R. Jackson and Karl Lietzenmayer
    A look at the beginnings of this local publication and information on how local citizens can contribute to the magazine today.

The cost to attend Northern Kentucky Regional History Day is $8 per person in advance, $10 per person at the door. NKU students can attend free by showing their NKU ID.

Parking for the event is in the Kenton Drive Parking Garage; participants will receive a parking voucher when they register. See the campus map and follow the History Day signs.

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.

For more information, visit history day. Anyone with questions about the event can contact John Boh at (859) 491-0490.

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