McCracken Co. Public Library Evening Upstairs Series

PADUCAH, KY - McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington St. in downtown Paducah, will host the Evening Upstairs series, offering a wide variety of interesting speakers: 

August 16,  7 pm
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern IL and Western KY
Presented by Kay Rippelmeyer, author of Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps & The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois, published in February 2015, received the superior achievement award for scholarship from the Illinois State Historical Society in 2016.

September 13,  7 pm
Children of Promise
With Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham
Cunningham is the author of the acclaimed best seller, On Bended Knees. He has written six books on regional history, all of which chronicle the struggles for justice in western Kentucky since the Civil War.

November 15, 7 pm
The History of Fort Campbell
Led by John O'Brien, Post Historian at Fort Campbell
He will discuss the historic ride that took Fort Campbell from a "Giant Bachelor City" to a "World-Class Army Home."

December 6, 7 pm
19th Century Steamboats Built at Communities along the Lower Ohio River
Presented by Robert Swenson, emeritus SIU Associate Professor of Architecture, retired architect, and Heritage Preservation Consultant.
He received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society. He will share research about the over 260 steamers known to be built at Smithland, Paducah, Metropolis, Mound City, and Cairo beginning in the 1820s through the 1930s.

All programs are free & open to the public. 
For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 119 or email

Published 06:00 AM, Sunday Aug. 05, 2018
Updated 11:24 PM, Friday Sep. 07, 2018


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