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KHS Presentation Explores How Frontier Society Kept Its Thumb on Women

Tuesday, 09 17, 2013

Laurel Harper
502-564-1792, ext. 4489
laurel.harper@ky.gov.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2013) — The role of women during Kentucky’s male-dominated frontier days is the focus of a thought-provoking presentation by 2011 Governor’s Award recipient Craig Thompson Friend. The free event will be held at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 28, at the Kentucky Historical Society’s Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.

“Searching for Kentucky's Female Frontier: Nonhelema Hokolesqua, Jemima Boone Callaway and Matilda Lewis Threlkeld” will reveal how, in the years spanning the 1750s through the War of 1812, the people who lived in and around Kentucky were immersed in a culture that exalted war above work, force above reason and men above women.

Friend’s presentation will explore the ways in which the frontier impacted women's lives —  and how history’s storytelling of this period fails them, he says — through the eyes of three historically prominent women.

Friend is the CHASS distinguished graduate professor and director of public history at North Carolina State University. He received the Governor’s Award for his book “Kentucke’s Frontiers” (Indiana University Press, 2010). Established in 1979, the Governor’s Award is presented every four years to the author whose book has been judged to have made the most significant contribution to Kentucky history. The award is presented jointly by the Office of the Governor and the Kentucky Historical Society.

Space is limited at this free event, so reservations are recommended. Make yours by calling the KHS Library Reference Desk at 502-564-1792, ext. 4460.

 

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.