Evenings Upstairs Connect People, Cultures, Ideas
By WestKyStar & McLib Staff
PADUCAH - Upcoming McCracken County Public Library (McLib) Evenings Upstairs Series appeal to a variety of interests:

Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua presents: Rachel Lee Rogers as Jean Ritchie, Damsel with a Dulcimer
Jun 13, 7 - 8 pm
Jean Ritchie, known as the "Mother of Folk" was a major contributor to the national revival of folk music across America during the second half of the 20th century. Her songs have been covered by artists including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris.
Ritchie is portrayed by Rachel Lee Rogers of Versailles, KY. Rogers trained at Northern Kentucky University, Rutgers, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

Evenings Upstairs - Barn Dances and Jamborees Across Kentucky
Jul 11, 7 - 8 pm
J.D. Wilkes discusses the history of the traditional "barn dance" and other musical get-togethers of Kentucky's past and present.
Complete with a slideshow of his colorful photographs, this talk also features Wilkes' performance of Kentucky banjo tunes, harmonica playing, and a Q&A session.
Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C.

Evenings Upstairs - Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua presents Anne Shelby, as Aunt Molly Jackson, "Pistol Packin' Woman"
Aug 22, 7 - 8 pm
Aunt Molly's songs and stories take us back to the Eastern and Western Kentucky coalfields of the early 20th century. Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

Evenings Upstairs Governor Ned Breathitt: Class Act
September 12
Led by Justice Bill Cunningham
In the 20th Century, Kentucky had many great Governors. Perhaps none however possessed the courage and the class of West Kentuckian Ned Breathitt of Hopkinsville.

Evenings Upstairs - Haunted People and Haunted Places
Oct 24, 7 - 8 pm
With Thomas Freese, Kentucky storyteller.
It’s the time of the year for spooky tales!
Kentucky Storyteller & author Thomas Freese shares true tales from his travels around Kentucky.

Evenings Upstairs - A History of Native Americans in Kentucky
Nov 21, 7 - 8 pm
Presented by A. Gwynn Henderson, UK archaeologist and member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.
In celebration of Kentucky Native American Heritage Month, Henderson will discuss the history of the diverse Native American peoples of Western Kentucky as told through objects, places, and documents.

Evenings Upstairs - Pulling Back the Curtain on the Columbia: Past, Present, and Future
Dec 5, 7 - 8 pm 
Learn about the art, architecture, and preservation of this iconic structure in a presentation led by Darlene Mazzone, Chair of the Paducah Art House Alliance. Joining her will be Landee Bryant, Executive Director of Maiden Alley Cinema and historian Randy Davis, who has made a lifelong study of the Columbia's past grandeur.

For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle 270-442-2510 ext. 119 or email:

Published 09:44 PM, Friday May. 10, 2019
Updated 10:17 PM, Friday May. 10, 2019



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