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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

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at our next History on Tap program at Hopkinsville Brewing Company.

Nearly five decades after Cerulean native Jerry Roberts, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, was killed in Vietnam on July 5, 1966, his daughter began looking for the men who served with him in combat. Prompted by an out-of-the-blue invitation to a veterans’ reunion in 2014, Marti Roberts Lopez pieced together clues to that led her and other family members to connections they had never expected to make. Lopez, who was 15 months old when her father died, will share the story of her research and how she found men who served with her father and what she learned about him from them.

Mini Pennyrile Polar Express

The Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum will be transformed into a winter wonderland for this year’s Mini Pennyrile Polar Express. Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 11 am – 1 pm for holiday fun. Get your picture taken with Santa in one of our antique fire trucks, make a Christmas craft with the Pennyroyal Arts Council, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. The Journey Church will set up a warming station outside where Salvation Army will be serving hot dogs and the Hopkinsville Fire Department will be popping popcorn for the crowd. Step next door to the Christian County Historical Society for stories with the Christian County Literacy Council and to be mesmerized by a model train layout.
At 1:00pm, Santa will read Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express to the young and young at heart.
Celebrate the season with us at this free holiday event!

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, November 29 at 6:30 pm. Local scholar Rick Rechter will present on the events that brought about the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Enjoy a bit of local history and a pint of local brew with us!

History on Tap is a series that seeks to share local history in a relaxed, fun setting. Programs are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Hopkinsville Brewing Company.