Around Town: Historic achievements

August 16, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

Joan Brookes-Smith and Candi Adkinson, both of Harrodsburg, and Gladys C. Thomas of Liberty were recognized last weekend by the Kentucky Genealogical Society for their work to preserve and promote the state's history.

The presentations were at the society's annual awards luncheon held at the Kentucky History Museum in Frankfort.

Brookes-Smith received a special award for her efforts in preserving the state's early land grants and publishing them in a book. While she worked for the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, she worked to preserve 1.5 million documents and cleaned numerous files.

Adkinson received the Landon Willis Award, named for longtime editor of Bluegrass Roots, a genealogical research publication by the state Genealogical Society. As part of her job with the Secretary of State's office, she has helped preserve land patents. Some of her most recent work has been to scan images of Revolutionary War land documents and place them online. The site can be accessed at


Thomas received recognition for her work in the central Kentucky region to preserve the history of Casey County. She published a history of the county, and has worked with the Casey County Public Library to establish a large selection of genealogical research materials. She was president of the Casey County Heritage Corp. for many years.

Volunteers staffing Boyle County's booth at state fair

The volunteers are in place to staff Boyle County's booth at the Pride of the Counties during the Kentucky State Fair which begins Thursday and ends Aug. 29. This year's fair is extra special because it is the 100th anniversary.

Each county that participates gets a chance to put its best foot forward by showing the reasons to visit or even move there.

This year's ambassadors for Boyle County are Doris Purdom, Shirley Sheperson, Phil Sammons, Darrell Young, Jeff and Christy Hildebrandt, Chris and Vickie Glidewell, Mac Glidewell, Barbara Crain, Carol Reed, Joe and Marcie Simpson, Gail Louis, Pegi Caminisch, Jerry and Jane Boyd, Anne and Marty Deim, Brenda Willoughby, Diana Julius, Sandra Woosley, Regina Lunsford, Tony and Sandy Wilder, George and Peggy White, Brenda Edwards, Liz Maples, Joe Deaton, Louise Allen, Kevin and Katie Jo Kirkpatrick, Sue and Harvey Bottoms, Bob and Myrna Miller, Jeannette Davis, Ben Ehmen, Tom Berggren and Greg Crabtree.

Danville-Boyle County Convention Center and Visitors Bureau staff members Kay Berggren and Carolyn Crabtree will also spend time at the county's booth as part of their job.

If you go to the fair, stop and say hello to the local folks.

Events at the fair are varied enough for any taste. You can serve as a juror in the Trial by Jury event, eat homegrown food at the Kentucky Cookout Tent and watch racing pigs. There will be snowboarding tricks by winter athletes and cooking tricks at the Gourmet Garden. Entertainment includes the Oak Ridge Boys, The Supremes and Randy Travis.

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Harrodsburg artist profiled in magazine

Kathleen O'Brien, an artist from Harrodsburg, is profiled in the fall issue of Arts Across Kentucky in an article by Sherron Westerfield Twitchell of Boyle County.

O'Brien describes herself as a visionary artist. Her mixed-media collages use found natural items, such as leaves, feathers and nuts. The three-page article includes several pictures of the artist's work.

A member of the National Association of Women Artists, O'Brien will have work on exhibit at the NAWA September Gala in New York City.

Word spreading about Danville

There continue to be people who would knock down the gates - if we had any - to get into Danville.

Recently, Carolyn Crabtree of the Danville-Boyle County Convention Center and Visitors Bureau fielded a call from a woman in Dexter, Mich., who wanted information about our town.

She told Crabtree that she had heard so much about Danville, she was planning a trip here to see for herself.

Curious, Crabtree asked how she had heard about Danville. Apparently, several people had mentioned us to her. The most recent came from the man who was putting windows and doors in the house she is building. He raved about the area, mentioning Pleasant Hill and Danville. He told the woman that when he died he wanted his ashes taken to Danville and buried.

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