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Constance Alexander: Murray’s WKMS Celebrates 50 years with voices from Between the Rivers

Unlike a character in the movie “The Sixth Sense,” I do not see dead people but I do hear their voices, because of Connecting People & Place, a documentary series first broadcast in 1997-98, on WKMS-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Murray. What began as a cooperative oral history project between WKMS and Land Between The Lakes Association, ended up as a 13-part series, with support...

EKU Appalachian Research Project resumes gathering oral histories related to Mountain Horses

When most people think of Kentucky and horses, the images that typically come to mind are of regal thoroughbreds, the scenic farms that ring Lexington, and the annual Kentucky Derby. But that’s not the whole story. Kentucky and its love affair with horses reach even deeper into history and into mountainous eastern Kentucky, where settlers and their gaited saddled horses – known at the time as “Kentucky...

KY Historical Society wants your proposal for collection of oral histories about food traditions

The Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOCH) is commemorating “The Year of Kentucky Food” with the Kentucky Foodways Oral History Project. KOHC wants to collect oral histories of past and present food traditions in Kentucky and to involve people all over the commonwealth in the project -— as interviewers and interview subjects. Completed interviews will be part of the Kentucky Historical Society...

Alexander sworn in as new president of Kentucky Historical Society Governing Board

Constance Alexander, a writer and business consultant from Murray, was recently sworn in as president of the governing board of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). After she took the oath of office, as administered by Judge Phillip J. Shepherd, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort, she outlined her goals for the coming year emphasizing the connections between poetry and...

Constance Alexander: Kilroy’s universal meaning — it’s much deeper than simple graffiti

As the youngest of five kids and the only Baby Boomer in the bunch, I got the leftovers, the hand-me-downs, and a constant chorus of whispered jibes from my siblings that usually amounted to “You’re such a brat.” On the flip-side, I enjoyed the benefit of aging parents — too tired to follow my every move, and too spent to intervene in spats with my sisters and brother when I invaded their...

Kentucky Oral History Commission announces new grants totaling $55,700 for variety of projects

The Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC) has awarded $55,700 in fiscal year 2015-16 in new grants to support oral history projects ranging in topic from Bosnian immigrants in Bowling Green to the Kentucky Chili Bun Trail in Eastern Kentucky, public art in Louisville to the African American experience in Hopkinsville. Grants support both new projects and the transcription and indexing of existing...

Constance Alexander: Rich heritage of ‘Between the Rivers’ captured in stories of daily life and loss

Unlike Haley Joel Osment, who played the creepy little boy from the movie The Sixth Sense, I don’t exactly see dead people, but I do hear their voices. Before you suspect some sort of psychosis, let me assure you that my clairvoyance can be attributed to an oral history project I conducted almost 20 years ago with former residents of what is now Land Between the Lakes. Through grants from the Kentucky...