Kaintuckeean: ‘New’ images offer a glimpse of the special moments in Lexington, UK history

By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   One can easily get lost in the archives of a library’s special collections department, especially those of us who are self-professed “history geeks” or, more nicely put, have “history in our genes.” No matter how you want to label the history junkie, we are a breed that loves discovering new things from our past.   So...

In Rare Form: Black Swan Books weathers changing landscape to celebrate 30 years

Black Swan Books owner Michael Courtney is celebrating the store’s 30th anniversary with a limited edition poem letter-pressed with handset type on handmade paper. (Photo by Alan Cornett)

Madam Belle offers glimpse of Gilded Age South told through Lexington’s Belle Brezing

Belle Brezing made a major career move when she stepped off the streets of Lexington, Kentucky, and into Jennie Hill’s bawdy house—an upscale brothel run out of a former residence of Mary Todd Lincoln. At 19, Brezing was already infamous as a youth steeped in death, sex, drugs and scandal. But it was in Miss Hill’s “respectable” establishment that she began to acquire the skills, manners,...

Records from Prichard Committee, Robert F. Sexton donated to UK Special Collections

As the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky Education Action Team host a summit on education funding in the Commonwealth, University of Kentucky Special Collections embarks on the task of organizing, archiving and preserving two of the state’s most important collections on education policy.   With an audience of more than 150, UK and state education leaders came together...