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Keeneland Library Lecture Series announces spring events spotlighting people, horses


 On display at the Keeneland Library is “Hunting Coat Red Persian Set” by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. In 2014, Maker’s Mark presented the piece to Keeneland to recognize the long history of the two Kentucky icons. (Photo provided)

On display at the Keeneland Library is “Hunting Coat Red Persian Set” by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. In 2014, Maker’s Mark presented the piece to Keeneland to recognize the long history of the two Kentucky icons. (Photo provided)

 
 
The Keeneland Library Lecture Series returns in 2015 with a slate of events that spotlight notable horses and people in Thoroughbred racing.
 
Events will be held at the Keeneland Library unless otherwise noted and begin at 6:30 p.m.
 
March 24 –
Walter May, a Lexington-area actor and playwright, will perform a one-man show about legendary Turf writer Joe Palmer based on Palmer’s book, This Was Racing, published in 1953. A reception with May follows the performance.
 
April 14 –
Glenye and Christopher Oakford of Lexington will discuss their book, Iroquois Hunt: A Bluegrass Foxhunting Tradition. The Iroquois Hunt Club, founded in 1880, has had many notable members with ties to the Thoroughbred industry, the development of Lexington and major U.S. events. A reception and book-signing with the couple follow the presentation.
 
April 29 –
At the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington, Pellom McDaniels III will present his book, The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy. A member of the faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, McDaniels used many resources at the Keeneland Library in his exhaustive research about the famous African-American jockey. Murphy, who was from Central Kentucky, won three runnings of the Kentucky Derby in the late 1800s. He is buried at the Kentucky Horse Park. A reception and book-signing with McDaniels follow the presentation.
 
June 2 –
Milton Toby will talk about his book Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky. A member of the Racing Hall of Fame, Noor defeated Triple Crown winners Assault and Citation. In 2011, his remains were exhumed from California and reburied at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown. A reception and book-signing with Toby follow the presentation.
 
Each of the Keeneland Library Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Additional events will be announced.
 
The Keeneland Library may be easily accessed through Gate 1 (Keeneland Blvd.) at Versailles Road and Man o’ War Blvd. On Keeneland Blvd., take the first right, which is Entertainment Court, and head toward the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center. The Library is to the left.
 
From the Keeneland Association


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