Meyer to Speak at Historical Society Meeting
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MURRAY, KY - The Jackson Purchase Historical Society continues its 60th Anniversary Year with a presentation by Matthew Meyer on “Sophronia, A New Castle Pioneer.” A brief business meeting will precede the program, beginning at 10:30 am in the Auditorium of the Wrather Museum at Murray State University on April 28th.   

“We are excited to share with the community Matthew Meyer’s presentation on Sophronia Combs Bruce,” Society President Bill Mulligan said. “Her life spanned much of the nineteenth century and Matthew Meyer has recaptured her experience through letters, contemporary documents, family artifacts, family photos to shed light on women’s lives in nineteenth century Kentucky. His research takes this beyond the story of one woman and her family to speak to the experience of Kentucky women of her time. Genealogists and family historians will not only enjoy the story of her life, but come away with ideas for their own research and ways to present their findings using digital presentation methods.” 

Matthew Meyer is a student at Murray State University from Louisville, who has been researching his family history for some time. He describes his project, "In finding the letters of a 19th Century housewife, Kentucky's past has been revisited in the most personal way possible. Now those resources are more available than ever before, we must work to preserve her story and share it with a larger audience."

In 1958, a group of people interested in local and regional history met in Murray, Kentucky and formed the Jackson Purchase Historical Society to promote interest, study, and preservation of the regional history of the territory included in the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818-1819. Andrew Jackson, (before he was president), and Isaac Shelby negotiated the treaty with the Chickasaw Nation represented by Levi Colbert and family. Jackson played the leading role in the negotiations. The Treaty was ratified in 1819 and opened the region to full settlement. The area of primary interest to the Jackson Purchase Historical Society includes the Kentucky counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken, and Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley in Tennessee. They have an interest in, and welcome members, from all of West Tennessee. However, the Society’s interest in the general heritage of this region extends to bordering counties and larger issues that have affected the region and the lives of its people. In 2018, they will celebrate their 60th anniversary of service to the region. 

The Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society has made an important contribution over the years and has received awards from the Historical Society of Kentucky in 2013 and 2017. The meetings share current research with the community of those interested. 
Membership is open to all for $15 per year (August to July) and includes a copy of their annual journal. 

Published 11:00 PM, Saturday Apr. 14, 2018
Updated 10:57 PM, Friday Apr. 13, 2018

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