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2012 KATH Meeting

The KATH annual meeting in 2012 took place in Louisville. The conference sponsors included the duPont Manual High School History Club, the Kentucky Humanities Council and the History Department chairs from Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky.

Photos courtesy of Richard Greissman, DoubleTake Photography.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Reception at The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South Third Street, Louisville

See more – including pictures of the event – on the next page.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

duPont Manual High School, 120 West Lee Street, Louisville

8:30 am

Welcome and breakfast

Registration commenced under the watchful eye of Alana Cain Scott, KATH Treasurer, while duPont Manual History Club students welcomed attendees and served breakfast (funded by Morehead State University History Department). You can download the KATH 2012 Meeting Program here.

9 am

Plenary session

Allison M. Hunt, duPont Manual High School

Allison M. Hunt, social studies teacher and sponsor of DPM History Club, welcomes attendees

Attendees gathered in the auditorium to hear our host’s welcome speakers. The audience was welcomed by Allison Hunt, social studies teacher and sponsor of the duPont Manual High School History Club.
Then Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, University of Kentucky, gave a brief description of the events leading up to the KATH conference of 2012 and the need for continuing the tradition of an annual meeting. KATH is unique because it is not affiliated with any one institution and relies on a Board of volunteers from public history organizations, archives and libraries as well as primary/secondary and postsecondary institutions.

List of Affiliations of 37 years of KATH Board Presidents at Plenary Session, KATH Conference, September 15, 2012

List of Affiliations of KATH Board Presidents

George C. Herring and Representative Steve Riggs

Dr. George C. Herring (left) with State Representative Steve Riggs

In a surprise organized by the University of Kentucky History Department and the former presidents of the former presidents of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, State Representative Steve Riggs presented a legislative citation to the keynoter, Dr. George Herring, Professor Emeritus of the University of Kentucky. The citation, signed by the Kentucky Speaker of the House and State Representative Riggs, honors Dr. Herring for his many years of dedication as a scholar-educator.
Dr. George C. Herring

Dr. George Herring, 2012 keynoter

Then Dr. George C. Herring gave the keynote speech: “1812: The War That Need Not Have Been Fought, Might Have Been Lost — And Played a Powerful Role in America’s National Development.”

Download Dr. Herring’s keynote speech here (.pdf).

George HerringDr. Herring is an American historian and Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky. He is the author of From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations since 1776, From Colony to Superpowerwinner of the Robert Ferrell Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  His keynote address will launch the conference by focusing on the role of Kentucky in the War of 1812 and what this meant in the larger context of international politics and cultures of the time.

 

10:30 am

Discussion sessions

George Herring and Steve Riggs in discussion session

Steve Riggs (left, facing) and George Herring (right, facing)

Kentucky in a Foreign Policy Context in the early Nineteenth Century. A conversation with State Representative Steve Riggs (member of the Kentucky Commission on the War of 1812 Bicentennial) and Dr. George C. Herring.

Dr. John Bowes

John Bowes sparks discussion on Native Americans

What about Native Americans? A discussion led by Dr. John Bowes, Eastern Kentucky University – American historian (whose specialties include Native American, American West and 19th century history), member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission and a consultant for the National Museum of the American Indian, associate professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University; facilitating a workshop exploring the complexities of Amerindian roles in the War of 1812.

Dr. Alicestyne Turley and participants in discussion session, KATH 2012

Alicestyne Turley (left, facing camera) in discussion on African-Americans

What about African-Americans? A discussion led by Dr. Alicestyne Turley, Berea College – American historian and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education; facilitating a workshop featuring her recent research on Kentucky African-Americans and the War of 1812.

Louise Jones in discussion session, KATH conference 2012

Louise Jones (standing) and Ruth Korzenborn (left, sitting) in genealogy workshop

How would I find out about my own ancestors’ role in or around the War? A hands-on workshop led by Louise T. Jones, Kentucky Historical Society, and aided by Mrs. Ruth Korzenborn of the U.S. Daughters of 1812 KY Chapter. Holding a Master of Sciences in Information and Library Science, Jones is the Director of Special Collections and the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library at the Kentucky Historical Society; a workshop on genealogical resources and strategies that support students and classes with community-based projects focusing on the descendants of those involved in the War of 1812.

Noon

Plenary session and lunch

Attendees will gather together for conversation and lunch, then a feature presentation by Harry Smith, Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua character actor who plays Private William Greathouse, a militiaman from Kentucky during the War of 1812.

See more on this event on the next page.

1:30 pm

KATH Business Meeting

Facilitated by Jake Gibbs, Bluegrass Community & Technical College

  1. Revision to the KATH Constitution of 2006 (see proposed revisions in a Word doc), presented by Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, University of Kentucky
  2. Nomination Slate for 2012-2013 Executive Committee, presented by Dr. Melanie Goan, University of Kentucky – see the next page for details on this part of the meeting.
  3. Presentation of Student Writing Awards (a KATH certificate and $100 each) to the 2012 winners:
The George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award – presented to William Black (Western Kentucky University) for his research paper entitled “When Honest Abe Came Down South: Lincoln Sightings in African-American Folklore.” Nominated by Western Kentucky University History professor, Dr. Glenn LaFantasie.

Drs. George Herring and Melissa Goan

Dr. Herring congratulates William Black of WKU (not pictured) with Dr. Melanie Goan of UK (right), KATH Award Committee Chair

The Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award– presented to Elizabeth Schaller (University of Kentucky) for her research paper entitled “The Exhibit of the American Negro: Cabinets des curieux and the Representation of the Talented Tenth.” Nominated by University of Kentucky History professor, Dr. Denise Ho.Download the .pdf file and read the award-winning paper by Schaller here.

Elizabeth Schaller and Dr. Melissa McEuen

Award winner Elizabeth Schaller, UK (left) and Dr. Melissa McEuen, Transylvania U (right) and KATH Award Committee Chair

The Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award– presented to Jared Flanery (University of Kentucky) for his research paper entitled “A Great Plan Looms: The Three Gorges Dam as a Monument to Modernity.” Nominated by University of Kentucky History professor, Dr. Denise Ho.Download the .pdf file and read the award-winning paper by Flanery here.

Jared Flanery and Dr. Melissa McEuen

Award winner Jared Flanery, UK (left) and Dr. Melissa McEuen

2:30 pm

Halleck Hall

Halleck Hall, now duPont Manual, was built in 1934 and named for Reuben Post Halleck, principal of Louisville Male High School (1897-1912). His wife, Annie Ainslie Halleck was a social worker and president of the Consumers League of Kentucky in the 1930s. It was the site of Louisville Girls High School, which merged with duPont Manual Training High School in 1950 to become duPont Manual High School.

Guided tour of historic Halleck Hall by Allison M. Hunt, social studies teacher and History Club sponsor, duPont Manual High School.

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