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Nunn Center oral history collection explores legacy of creativity hub Appalshop on golden anniversary

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky As nonprofit Appalshop celebrates its golden anniversary serving as one of Appalachia’s most celebrated hubs of creativity, the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in partnership with UK alumnus and historian Jeff Keith have launched a collection of more than 50 interviews on the beloved organization online. Known globally...

Keeneland Library, UK’s Louie B. Nunn Center partner for project to gather stories of Kentucky’s horsemen

By Whitney Hale, Amy Gregory, and Amy Owens University of Kentucky Kentucky is home to many of the world’s leading horsemen — individuals who have shaped the global thoroughbred industry as we know it today. To capture their treasured stories and preserve and promote them for future generations, Keeneland Library, University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and...

Keeneland Library launches Life’s Work Oral History Project; first installment features Seth Hancock

The Keeneland Library is creating the Life’s Work Oral History Project, a new initiative designed to capture treasured stories from the Thoroughbred industry and preserve and promote them for future generations. Life’s Work represents a unique collaboration of the Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, along with the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B....

Oral history collection chronicles storied past of University of Kentucky Cheerleading dynasty

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky C-A-T-S spells more than a storied tradition in basketball. It is also the chant of the 23-time Universal Cheerleaders Association champions — the University of Kentucky Cheerleading team. And this weekend, the team will travel back to Orlando, Florida, to defend its title and, hopefully, bring back a 24th national championship. So, what is the winning formula...

Back Home Again: Documentary follows U.S. veterans’ transitions from war to university

The University of Kentucky documentary about veterans making the transition from war to home and college campus will begin touring the state on Friday, April 4. (Photo from UK)   By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   The transition from home to the battlefield and back home again is a long and, at times, bumpy road for our war veterans.   Voices of Student Veterans chronicles those...

Robert Penn Warren interview with MLK
in spotlight on 50th anniversary of speech

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo courtesy of Nunn Center) Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King Jr. announced to the world “I have a dream.”   Less than a year later King sat down with one of Kentucky’s most treasured writers and shared his thoughts about nonviolence, the role of the civil rights movement in a post-segregation society and...