history

Newton’s Apple – smARTs at the Alhambra

Recommended for Grades 2 – 8

The world was a different place when Issac Newton had that apple drop on his head. The English mathematician, astronomer, scientist, author and physicist developed the principles of modern physics, including the laws of motion. Follow along with Newton as he uses scientific methods to conduct experiments and make discoveries that changed the world.

Contact Molly Campbell [email protected] to reserve seats at this school day event.

Haunted Hoptown Walking Tour – at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

Join the Big Read-Hopkinsville and the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County as they haunt the streets and share some of Hoptown’s strangest, most bizarre, and darkest stories. From murder and mystery to tragedy and scandal – this tour is sure to put a spooky twist on Our Town. The walking tour starts at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum.

$10 per Person | $5 for Museum Members. Get your tickets here!

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.”

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .

Supper in the Cemetery – at Riverside Cemetery, Hopkinsville

Tour the tombstones, enjoy a meal, and hear from local couples who have fun, powerful, and quirky love stories as we pay homage to the love story of Act II. Supper will be served at 5pm and the show starts at 5:45pm. Enjoy a traditional boxed supper in Riverside Cemetery before convening inside the Riverside Chapel. There, we will hear from well-known, beloved, and interesting couples who have made significant impacts in Our Town and beyond. This long-standing Museum event explores the history of our community by learning more from those who came before us.

Advance registration is required.
Tickets $20 | $15 for Museum Members. Get your tickets here!
or at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum.

Supper will be served at 5pm.

Death Do Us Part – at The Hall at the Alhambra Theatre

the The Hall at the Alhambra (Upstairs)

Robert Martin will lead us on a journey through Wedding and Funeral Traditions of years past.

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .

A Walk to Remember – at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

Join the Museums of Hopkinsville for a stroll through historic  downtown Hopkinsville. This walk will focus on the local streetscape as it appeared in the early 20th century. Advance registration is required.

Tickets $10 | $5 for Museum Members. Get your tickets here!
Starts at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

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.

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

As part of the Big Read festivities and part of the program for the annual meeting, playwright Thornton Wilder (aka as our own local thespian Wayne Goolsby) will present an observation of his play Our Town. This event will take place in the community room upstairs in our public library.

Some of his friends from Grover’s Corners will also be on hand, as part of the kickoff for this year’s Big Read program, coming soon in Hopkinsville.

Free copies of Our Town will go to the first ten people to arrive. Our Pennyroyal Museums Director Alissa Keller and Library Director DeeAnna Sova will give a preview of the Big Read project and Our Town activities.
You are invited to enjoy light refreshments at 4:30, hear about the Friends accomplishments, election of officers in a short business meeting, and how to become a Friend for the coming year.
Please come and enjoy an evening of good food, fellowship, and delightful entertainment!

Constitution Day with Chief Justice Minton

Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr. will speak on the history of the Constitution. Chief Justice Minton is the 5th Kentucky Chief Justice.

A reception will follow Chief Justice Minton’s presentation followed by a showing of the University of Pennsylvania’s three-part documentary “Key Constitutional Concepts.”

A link to Hillsdale College’s “Constitution 101” 10-part course will be available on select computers in the Reference/Genealogy Department, located on the second floor.

Pocket copies of the Constitution will be available for attendees at no charge.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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.