2017 Regional History Series

Join us at our Newport Branch for the 2017 Regional History Series.  

The 2017 Regional History Series runs in conjunction with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition: Hometown Teams.  In addition to the Smithsonian exhibit, a companion exhibit was created by the Library to showcase the sports history of Newport, Ky.  Those attending Regional History events prior to June 3 will be invited to enjoy a private tour of the exhibition following the presentation.

Newport’s Eddie Arcaro & The Kentucky Derby


Dr. James Claypool will set the stage for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby as he offers a unique look into the origins and development of the annual event. Dr. Claypool will also share personal reflections of his longtime friendship with former Newport resident and acclaimed jockey Eddie Arcaro, the only rider to be aboard two Triple Crown champions (Whirlaway & Citation).

Newport’s Eddie Arcaro & The Kentucky Derby
Thursday, May 4, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Newport Branch
Ages: 18+

Newport’s Southgate Street School


Join local historians Ted Harris, Robert Ingguls and Larry Miles as they share an overview of the history of Newport’s Southgate Street School. The school was the only school for African-American children in Campbell County from 1866 until the integration of schools in 1955.  Mr. Miles attended Southgate Street School and will share his recollections of integration with the Newport Independent Schools, including reflections from his perspective as an athlete during that period.

Newport’s Southgate Street School
Thursday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Newport Branch
Ages: 18+

 

Newport Legend Donna LJ Murphy – Trailblazer in Women’s Sports


Donna LJ Murphy played basketball at Newport High School from 1972-76.  During her senior year, she was named the “first” Miss Kentucky Basketball.  She averaged 35 points per game and 20 rebounds per game. She went on to become an All-American and graduate of Morehead State University, and their first female student-athlete to have her jersey retired. Donna LJ Murphy is a member of eleven athletic hall of fames and the recipient of numerous honors.


Join baseball historian Gary Cieradkowski as he shares some of the fascinating stories he discovered about the early baseball clubs based in Newport and the surrounding region.  Most famous, perhaps, is the talented Wiedemann Baseball Club, the semi-professional team sponsored by the Wiedemann Brewing Company in the early 1900s.  Featuring both local talent and big league ringers, the Wiedemann club has a special place in the sports history of Newport, Kentucky.  You’ll also learn about the Newport Reds, the Fort Thomas Cochrans and more!

The Newport Reds & Newport’s Wiedemann Club: Shaping the Sport of Baseball at the Turn of the Century
Thursday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Newport Branch
Ages: 18+
Registration required

Thank you

Hometown Teams, made possible in Newport by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc., is part of the Museum on Main Street program, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Kentucky Humanities Council.  Support has been provided by the United States Congress.

Funding for each of the presentations in our 2017 Regional History Series was made possible through a mini-grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council and also through the generous financial support of The Friends of the Campbell County Public Library.

 

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