Posts Tagged ‘Civil War’


Charles Roland

In Spotlight on May 4, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,


Dr. Charles Roland

Charles P. Roland, a noted historian of the Civil War and the American military, chats with well-wishers at his 100th birthday party at the Univeristy of Kentucky. He holds a cane made by one of his grandfathers for the other.

Dr. Charles P. Roland, professor emeritus at the University of Kentucky and former president of the Southern Historical Association, was celebrated last month for his 100th birthday. See the blog about him by Tom Eblen (here), and a video of the event is published on YouTube here – complete with an Army color guard.

Dr. Roland’s wife, Allie Lee Roland, passed away a few days ago and the UK History Department staff wanted to alert us about the funeral arrangements.

Saturday, May 5 at Clark Legacy Center, 601 E. Brandon Road, Nicholasville, KY (phone 859-271-1111). Visitation from 2-4 pm and funeral at 4 PM.

We offer our condolences to Dr. Roland and his family.



KY Photos

In Spotlight on August 14, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

Some of the Oldest Photos Ever Taken in Kentucky – from Internet Archive Book Images et al.

* Company D, Fourth Kentucky Volunteers, enlisted in 1861 in Louisville.

* 1862, soldiers crossing the Barren River.

* 1900, a snowy street in Columbus

* 1901, congregants from a Methodist church in Hopkinsville

* 1910, aerial view of Louisville

* 1910, Seelbach Hotel

* 1916, University of Kentucky

* 1916, one-room school house for African American students

* 1917, Omar Khayyam – winner of the Kentucky Derby


Spotlight: Brent Taylor

In Spotlight on March 18, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

Brent Taylor

Brent Taylor, WKCTC

Have you been wondering about this Brent E. Taylor, a history instructor at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, who is our current President-Elect?

Well, we got the scoop – straight from Brent himself. Check it out!

Current Position: History Instructor at West Kentucky Community & Technical College

Alma Mater: Murray State University

Fields of interest: Kentucky History, 20th-Century American History, Presidential History

When did you first develop an interest in history? I have always had an interest in it. I can remember my great grandmother showing me a picture, pointing to a photo and telling me that uncle so-and-so fought in the Civil War. I can also remember sitting at the foot of my grandmother’s bed listening to stories about the World War II Homefront.

How have your interests changed since graduate school? In graduate school, I never considered teaching Kentucky History. However, a frantic call from the Dean of Online Learning at WKCTC, changed all that when I was called upon to take over a class, mid-semester. It was a crash-course in the Commonwealth. Then later, I inherited a face-to-face course when a fellow professor retired. Standing in front of 30 students required a second crash course, and now Kentucky History is my pet project. Just yesterday I found myself reading about a court case called Louisville Railway Company v. Commonwealth. That would have never happened in grad school.

What projects are you working on currently? Right now I am building a collection of primary sources in Kentucky History for use in Kentucky classes (and also possibly American history classes). There’s everything in it from Daniel Boone to Freedmen’s Bureau ration documents, to a report by the Lexington Vice Commission.

Is there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members? The Kentucky Historical Society has a site about Civil War era governors that is nice to check for updates.

Other than history, what are you passionate about? I like songwriting and fantasy football.

Any final thoughts? Encourage your colleagues to join KATH. There is strength in numbers.


Andrea Watkins: KATH Board Member and H-KY Book Review Editor

In Spotlight on January 17, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

Andrea Watkins

Dr. Andrea Watkins

KATH-online turns the spotlight on Dr. Andrea S. Watkins of Northern Kentucky University, the 2013-14 KATH Board representative for public comprehensive universities. Dr. Watkins has also recently been accepted as the H-Net Book Review Editor for our own H-Kentucky network – best wishes and we hope her H-Net book review editor training starts soon!

Current school and alma mater/s:

Associate Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University
PhD (1999), MA (1993), and BA (1991) from University of Kentucky

Fields of interest:

Antebellum South, Kentucky History, United States Slavery, Family and Community History

When did you first develop an interest in history?

As the daughter of a historian, I grew up visiting museums, historic homes, and battlefields throughout my childhood.  I remember the 1982 miniseries on George Washington (based on James Thomas Flexner’s Washington: The Indispensible Man) as starting my lifelong interest in our first president, but history really came alive for me at my first visit to Gettysburg in 1986.

How have your interests changed since graduate school?

I still study family relationships in the antebellum south, but my interests now extend more toward the institution of slavery and its impact on families, both white and black.  I also spend a great deal more time researching Kentucky history than I ever imagined I would when in graduate school.

What projects are you working on currently?

I am working on writing a monograph on Robert Wickliffe and his family from Lexington. The Old Duke played a key role in many of the key issues of the antebellum period in Kentucky.  I am also reading and researching the lives of Kentucky women during the Civil War.  The several diaries and memoirs of these women provide an insight into the divided nature of Kentucky citizens during the war.

Is there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members?

I have read two recent books about Kentucky that I highly recommend for both the information and their new interpretations of history.  They are Matthew Salafia’s Slavery’s Borderland: Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River (2013) and T.R.C. Hutton’s Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South (2013).

I follow the Twitter feed of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (@amhistorymuseum) because they provide wonderful links to objects, photographs, etc. within their collection.  I find great items that easily capture the interest of students that I can use as a jumping off point for discussions of larger themes.

I also highly recommend the Mount Vernon website (  There are wonderful short educational pages and videos by historians that I use successfully in online courses and in the classroom when studying George Washington and the eighteenth century.  Students particularly love the six minute video on Washington’s dentures! (

Other than history, what are you passionate about?

I like to spend time with my husband, Steve, and our daughter, Rachel.  I enjoy reading mysteries and biographies, and watching television in the evening to unwind.  I enjoy movies and have especially enjoyed the recent Hobbit and Hunger Games movies with my daughter.

Any final thoughts?

I am proud to be a part of KATH and to spend time with other teachers who enjoy history as much as I do.  The humanities as a whole have taken a hit in recent years, but as history teachers we know the value of studying the past to inform and enlighten our present.  I hope I am able to pass on some of the joy and excitement I find in the profession to all those I meet in the classroom and community.


Board Meeting, June 16

In Business Meeting on June 26, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , ,

SUMMARY – KATH Board Meeting, Saturday, June 16, 2013, Louisville, KY
Present:  President Allison Hunt, Cheryl Caskey, Randolph Hollingsworth, Lorie Maltby, Sara Price, Alana Cain Scott
Absent: Angela Ash, Crystal Culp, Wendy Davis, Pattie Dillon, Jake Gibbs, Chris Snow

The meeting covered KATH Board nominations, upcoming fall conference & meeting, breakout sessions, paper awards, invitation to local regional publishing companies, and consideration of KATH swag (i.e., tote bags, water bottles, etc.).

  • Nominations Committee (Lorie Maltby and Chris Snow) – Maltby will recruit individuals to fill in the currently vacant executive board (i.e., public/comprehensive and research university representatives) and to seek volunteers for upcoming vacant positions (i.e., President-elect and Librarian/archivist).  Sara Price notified the group of her change in jobs from librarian/archivist to university transfer advisor.  Recommendations of possible board members were offered.  Alana Cain Scott will provide Lorie with the KATH membership list.  Lorie will contact current inactive Board members and possible new members as well as post a call for nominations on the KATH website.
  • Logistics Committee (Jake Gibbs, Cheryl Caskey, Pattie Dillon) – Gibbs was not present at the meeting however he has been in contact with BCTC leadership to reserve space at the Leestown Campus for Saturday, Sept 28; the committee needs also to work with the nearby hotels to block off and reserve rooms at a discount for KATH meeting attendees; the committee also needs to solicit institutions to support the traditional breakfast eateries; and, the lunch to be catered (Gibbs has reached out to Bourbon n’ Toulouse whose owner was once a BCTC student).
  • Papers & Awards Committee (Randolph Hollingsworth, Crystal Culp) – calls for papers (Hollingsworth for Clark and Betts; Culp for Tolson) have resulted in submissions in all categories – papers are currently being evaluated; Dr. Melanie Goan is organizing the Herring award judges
  • Funding and Finance Committee (Alana Scott, Wendy Davis) – The Board agreed to keep the conference registration fee (including lunch and price of membership) at $50.00 for regular members. Alana mentioned her efforts to contact US Bank and create an online account so members can pay dues and conference fees via the KATH website. Randolph queried whether a PayPal account was possible. (Randolph has since worked with Alana to create a PayPay account on the KATH website.) Allison is also looking into the possibility of awarding professional development credit for high school teachers who attend the conference.  Allison and Alana will work on a KHC application (being accepted as of July 1). Maltby will research purchasing items with the KATH logo to distribute to speakers and paper award winners and to sell to KATH members.  Items mentioned included tote bags, water bottles, etc.
  • Conference Program & Speakers Committee (Allison Hunt, Sara Price, Angela Ash) – Price will contact the Lexington Public Library Central Branch about allowing an early evening reception at their gallery; the local historic homes might have artifact displays for the library.  The library is located downtown Lexington within plenty of parking and within walking distance to several restaurants including Alfalfa’s where the Board will take the breakout session facilitators, the keynoter and her guest to dinner.  The agenda for the Fall 2013 Annual Meeting so far:

Date:  Friday, Sept. 27 & Saturday, Sept. 28
Saturday Meeting:   Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Leestown Campus, Lexington
Friday Evening Reception:  Lexington Public Library (?)
Tentative Title:  “DIS-placement:  Impact of War on Society”

Conference Schedule:

Registration & Breakfast:  9 – 10 a.m.
  • Registration:  Scott
  • Breakfast:  Gibbs, Caskey, Dillon
  • Tables with Book Publishers: Hunt, Maltby
Welcome & Keynote:  10 – 11 a.m.
Breakout Sessions #1:  11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • More Q&A with Keynoter: Hunt
  • U.S. history roundtable discussion for pre-college educators: Hunt
  • Battle of Perryville and effects on community – with Stuart Sanders (author): Caskey
  • Veterans from today’s wars returning to civilian life – with Tony Dodson and Tyler Gayheart (UK): Price
  • Effects of War on Art in Egypt – with Monica Blackmun Visona (UK): Price
  • Use of GIS to study battlefields – with Scott Dobler (WKU): Hunt
Lunch & Business Meeting:   12:30-2:00 p.m.
  • Catered lunch: Gibbs
  • Performance and/or Presentation (perhaps Dr. Herman Farrell?): Price
  • Business Meeting: Hunt
    • Nominations Committee: Maltby (slate for new KATH Executive Board officers for 2013-14)
    • Paper Award Presentations: Culp, Hollingsworth and Goan
    • New Business (if any): Dillon
Breakout Sessions #2:  2:00-3:00 p.m.
    (Repeat of the above)

Plenary Session Wrap-up: 3:00-3:30 p.m.
    (Something fun to gather everyone back together before they leave – suggestions welcome)

For more detailed minutes, please contact Lorie Maltby, KATH Secretary,


KATH Board Mtg, March 30th

In Business Meeting on March 18, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

On March 30th the KATH Board is meeting to fill in some details about this coming fall’s annual conference.  We are considering the last two weekends in September – and Amy Murrell Taylor has graciously accepted our request for her to be a keynoter.  See more information in the last meeting’s minutes detailed in the previous post.

The meeting will begin at 11:00 am at Patrick O’Shea’s Irish Pub, 123 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202.  If you haven’t been to Patrick O’Shea’s before it is a beautiful, historic Main Street location.  The reservation is under Allison Martin Hunt’s name.

For more information, contact Allison at 502-485-8241 |

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