History on Tap

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at the next History on Tap program at Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm. Robert Martin deep dives into the history of an iconic local landmark in “If Walls Could Talk.”

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History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at the next History on Tap program at Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm. Brett Pritchett, local history teacher, will present on “A Western Kentucky Feud.”

On March 15, 1947, shots rang out on Virginia Street in downtown Hopkinsville as a Christian County/Muhlenberg County feud renewed in bloody fashion. Markie Bone, a colorful figure of local legend, was found on the street and was rushed to Jennie Stuart Hospital where he actually recovered from the seven bullet wounds given to him. Enjoy your favorite drink as you learn about a feud born out of the rival Dukes and Bone families, farmers and moonshiners that left a trail of crime and violence all over Christian County. Pritchett will recount the events that led to and followed the shooting of Markie Bone that occurred less than a mile from Hopkinsville Brewing Company.

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at the next History on Tap program at Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. Wendell Lynch and fellow members of Pioneers Inc., will present “The History and Mission of Pioneers Inc.,” one of Hopkinsville’s oldest and most respected service organizations.

Established in 1952 by men in Hopkinsville’s African-American community, Pioneers is dedicated to improving the community by helping individuals and by supporting groups that are involved in similar service work. Through its history, the membership of Pioneers has been a “who’s who” of local African-American leaders. Founding members included real estate broker and political leader F.E. Whitney, Attucks basketball coach William Falls, and Clarence Bibbs, who was supervisor of postal operations for the U.S. Postal Service in Hopkinsville.

Many of the early members of Pioneers were involved in local integration and civil rights efforts. Today, the group runs a catering and barbecue business at the Pioneers headquarters on North Main Street that helps finance civic projects.

Pioneers BBQ @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company

Don’t miss the Pioneers’ visit to Hopkinsville Brewing Company for History on Tap! Learn the origins of this local organization while enjoying some of the best barbecue in the region.

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at the next History on Tap program at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 pm.

Alissa Keller, Executive Director of the Museum, and Battalion Chief Phillip Ferguson will present on the history of the American LaFrance pumper, its current conservation efforts, and its role in one of the most dramatic fires in Hopkinsville’s history.

On January 21, 1928, the City of Hopkinsville received an American LaFrance 1,000-gallon-per-minute pumper that would serve as its first-run truck until 1940. The city sold the truck to John W. “Woody” Winfree on June 20, 1968, and Winfree presented it to the Pennyroyal Area Museum in 2004. Members of the Hopkinsville Fire Department have carefully and diligently conserved the truck and will return it to the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum (formerly the Central Fire Station). A public reception will be held on Friday, August 2 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

The 1928 American LaFrance pumper was the first-run truck on Sunday, August 4, 1940 when a fire broke out in the attic of the Hotel Latham. Learn more about this iconic structure and its tragic destruction and watch rarely-seen film footage of the fire.

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at our next History on Tap program. Alissa Keller, Executive Director of the Museum, will present “Edgar Cayce 201,” a follow-up program on the life and work of Hopkinsville’s most famous son.

We have all heard of Edgar Cayce, but many of us do not know much about the work that was the product of the phenomenal life that he led. The most well-documented psychic of the 20th century, the father of holistic medicine, a medical clairvoyant, the sleeping prophet: these terms have all been used to describe this Christian County native. But what does it all mean? In this follow up program, Keller will discuss Cayce’s readings and how those readings can be applied today. From dietary recommendations to spiritual growth to tales of the lost continent of Atlantis, this presentation will provide a broad survey of the Cayce work and its impact.

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County for the next History on Tap at Hopkinsville Brewing Company!

In the mid-1970s, Hopkinsville made national headlines when millions of black birds began roosting in the city and exposed thousands of local residents to the threat of contracting the disease histoplasmosis.

Hopkinsville journalist Jennifer Pitzer Brown will relate the story of the black bird invasion. Brown’s late father, Dr. Frank Pitzer, a local pathologist, testified at the Congressional hearing on Hopkinsville’s black bird invasion, and Brown later covered several local news stories about the aftermath and histoplasmosis exposure.

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at our next History on Tap program at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 pm. Alissa Keller, Executive Director of the Museum, will present “Edgar Cayce 101,” a primer on Hopkinsville’s most famous son.

We have all heard of Edgar Cayce, but many of us do not know much about the phenomenal life that he led. The most well-documented psychic of the 20th century, the father of holistic medicine, a medical clairvoyant, the sleeping prophet: these terms have all been used to describe this Christian County native. But what does it all mean? Keller will discuss his roots in Hopkinsville and Christian County and what we can learn more about his contributions to humanity.

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission at the next History on Tap at Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm. In honor of Women’s History Month, they will host a special presentation by Kentucky Chautauqua performer Kelly O. Brengelman. Brengleman will portray Rose Leigh, a young woman who found stardom as “Rosie the Riveter.”

Rose Leigh was just a regular girl from Science Hill, Kentucky, when she arrived at the Willow Run Bomber Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1942 to work as a riveter on B-24 bombers during World War II. Although she arrived with personal obstacles that included single motherhood, Rose found her way around the plant, found her ambitions, and found temporary stardom when she met Walter Pidgeon and appeared on the big screen as “Rosie the Riveter.”

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 pm for the next History on Tap program.

History on Tap “all about bell”

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at our next History on Tap program at Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Friday, February 22 at 6:30 pm. In honor of Black History Month, we will learn “all about bell.”

Writing under the pen name bell hooks, Gloria Watkins is a Hopkinsville native who has gained national recognition as an author, academic, feminist, and social activist. Inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame in 2018, hooks has published close to 40 books. Local educator Gwenda Motley will share on the life and works of this influential woman.