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Engine #1 Comes Home

Join your friends at the Museums as they welcome the 1928 American LaFrance truck back to its original home in the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum, formerly the city’s Central Fire Station. They will hold a short dedication program and will have local firefighters on site to discuss the truck and the work that they did on it. Light refreshments will be served.

The City of Hopkinsville purchased this American LaFrance 1,000-gallon-per-minute pumper at one dollar per pound: $13,750. It was delivered by rail from Elmira, New York on January 21, 1928. The American LaFrance was the 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.

Known as Engine #1, this truck served the Hopkinsville Fire Department for 40 years and still bears all of its original parts and paint scheme. Thanks to the skill, work, and elbow grease of members of the Hopkinsville Fire Department, folks at the city’s Public Works garage, and other mechanics, the truck has been carefully conserved and reassembled for exhibition at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum. Join them for its homecoming on Friday, August 2, and be among the first to see it returned to its original location.

The truck will make its way back to the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum on the afternoon of Thursday, August 1. If you are on Main Street, come out and see the trailer bring this iconic truck back to the station it called home.

Contact the Museums of Hopkinsville at 270-887-4270 with any questions.

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.

M & M Math with Stories of Local Notables

Join your friends on Thursday, July 25th at 10:30 am for a telling of the story of a famous local person. At this event, kids will hear a story about a local math genius who made a big impact. Then they’ll do a math activity utilizing different colors of M&Ms. Yum!

For a complete list of events and summer calendar, visit http://www.museumsofhopkinsville.org/summerfun/. For more information on this great activity and more, contact the Museums at 270-887-4270 or visit them at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum.

The Little Green Men of Kelly with a Slime Activity

Join your friends on Thursday, July 18th at 10:30 am for a telling of the story of the famous Kelly Green Men, along with a fun green slime making activity. Learn the story of the alleged alien invasion of Kelly on August 21, 1955 and make a bit of little green men slime to take home with you!

For a complete list of events and summer calendar, visit http://www.museumsofhopkinsville.org/summerfun/. For more information on this great activity and more, contact the Museums at 270-887-4270 or visit them at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum.

Summer Stroll, Downtown Walking Tour

Let’s try this again! The Summer Stroll scheduled for this past Friday evening was completely rained out, so let’s have a do-over this weekend!

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County for a summer stroll downtown to learn about the architectural features of our historic city. Learn to tell the difference between crenellations and dental molding, and which building has been built more than once.

Attendees will gather at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum at 310 E. 9th Street at 6:30 pm to start the stroll. The tour will last about 90 minutes and will cover approximately 1 – 1 ½ miles.

Call the Museum at 270-887-4270 or stop by the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum at 310 E. 9th Street to reserve your spot. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rescheduled-summer-stroll-downtown-walking-tour-tickets-64184755331

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.

Architecture Tour & Scavenger Hunt

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County invites you to join them for a downtown walking tour and scavenger hunt on Wednesday, June 26 at 1:00 pm. For this walk, they will use the Pennyroyal Arts Council’s popular book “H is for Hopkinsville” on a guided tour. Along the way, kids will be encouraged to discover architectural and historic details as part of a scavenger hunt. The tour will kick off at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum and will last about 90 minutes. The walk will be approximately one mile, give or take.

All of the Museums’ summer programs are free, but they do ask that you register in advance. Donations are always appreciated.

Ice Cream with Stories of Local Notables

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County invites you to our second children’s program of the summer. On June 19, 2019 at 1 pm, join us for a program about a local notable with a delicious treat of homemade ice cream. Our local notable for this program is Benjamin Bradshaw who was born and raised in Christian County. He grew up to be a physicist who assisted with constructing the Atomic Bomb in the infamous Manhattan Project. Bradshaw was a unique individual often seen riding a bike wearing a suit complete with a bow tie. On June 19, at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum, we will dive deeper into his life and discover how his small town beginnings led to assisting with one of the most impactful scientific experiments of all time.

All of our summer programs are free, but we do ask that you register in advance at http://www.museumsofhopkinsville.org/summerfun/ or by calling 270-887-4270.