Kentucky Chautauqua

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.

Chautauqua Performer: Alice Lloyd

In 1915, Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd packed up her printing equipment and left New England for the mountains of Kentucky. Just a few years earlier, she had been the publisher and editor of the first all-female newspaper staff in the United States. She and June Buchanan established Caney Junior College. Jacqueline Hamilton of Winchester portrays Alice Lloyd for Kentucky Chautauqua.

Kentucky Humanities is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit or call (859) 257-5932.

Chautauqua Performer: Adolph Rupp

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library present Edward Smith as he portrays Adolph Rupp for Kentucky Chautauqua. During the 42 years he coached at the University of Kentucky, Adolph Rupp (1901-1977) raised basketball to near-religious status in the Commonwealth. Basketball took its place next to horses, coal and bourbon as one of the cultural icons that characterizes the state. Rupp’s teams won 880 games, four national championships and one Olympic gold medal.

Kentucky Humanities is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit or call (859) 257-5932.

Justice John Marshall Harlan: The Great Dissenter

The Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission and the Friends of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Library will be presenting Mr. Edward Smith as Justice John Marshall Harlan on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 10:00 AM in the Community Room of the library.

A native of Boyle County in Kentucky and a graduate of both Centre and Transylvania colleges, Justice Harlan served for thirty-three years on the nation’s highest court. During his tenure, Justice Harlan earned the name “the Great Dissenter” because of his dissenting opinions in some of the civil rights cases of his time. His most famous dissent was issued in Plessy v. Ferguson, the case that made segregation legal in the United States. Justice Harlan’s ringing dissent would become the foundation of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Plessy in Brown v. Board of Education.

This program, made possible by Kentucky Humanities, presents a chance to listen to Justice Harlan discuss political affairs, slavery, and the right of a man to change his mind at a dinner party with his friends.