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Constance Alexander: Celebrating Paducah’s Hotel Metropolitan, and the indomitable Maggie Steed

After Betty Dobson welcomed the Jackson Purchase Historical Society (JPHS) to Paducah’s Hotel Metropolitan for the organization’s March meeting, she stepped aside to let her alter-ego, Maggie Steed, talk about the landmark’s history. The original owner of The Metropolitan, Mrs. Steed landed in Paducah in the late 1800s. Before that, she’d worked in hotels in Indiana and Kentucky and understood...

Kentucky Foundation for Women to honor Paducah’s Betty Dobson with 2018 Sallie Bingham Award

The Kentucky Foundation for Women announced Betty Dobson has been named winner of the 2018 Sallie Bingham Award. The award will be given at the foundation’s annual celebration of community, KFW Day, on Sunday, September 23th at Hopscotch House. Dobson was selected for her tireless work preserving and interpreting African American history at the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah. Dobson co-founded the...