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    The Derringer – History of Legion Park and James H. Hickman

    by Courtney Hatley Legion Park, the oldest city park in Owensboro (with the exception of Smothers Park which was set aside as public grounds in the 1816 plat of Rossboro), was acquired as a shady picnic area in 1894. At the time, the location of Legion Park was outside the city limits and patrons paid a fare of 5 cents to ride a streetcar the 1 and a half miles to and from the park, which was operated…

    The Director’s Chair

    by Jim Blanton When I first started out as a librarian, I envisioned a future of providing reference service and assisting patrons with locating books and information.  While that certainly comprised a significant part of my job duties, almost from the word go I was drawn into the area of library programming.  Unfortunately programming was a subject that was notably absent in my graduate school program.  I vividly remember during the orientation week of my…

    How Star Wars: Episode I Destroyed Popular Filmmaking Pt – 2a Digital Graffiti

    Through the early 1990s, my dad often took me to the “big” movies. Together we were wowed by the spectacle of an exploding White House in Independence Day, and we were amazed watching Forrest Gump interact with cultural icons from the Twentieth Century. In July 1991 we saw one of the hottest action movies of the decade, James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Combining the traditional special effects of Stan Winston Studios, T2 got a…

    Martha Stephens Talks Pilgrim Song

    by Wesley Johnson Filmmaker Martha Stephens was born & raised in Kentucky. Although she now lives in West Virginia, her work makes it evident that she still has a great fondness for  the Bluegrass State. Her latest feature, Pilgrim Song, tells the story of a freshly pink-slipped music teacher leaving his home in Louisville to figure life out while hiking the Sheltowee Trace Trail in Eastern Kentucky. Pilgrim Song will show at the library this…

     
     
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