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NKY History Hour: The Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project
Join author and historian Wayne Onkst as he chronicles the creative program that brought reading to our Kentucky neighbors using unconventional means.
Northern Kentucky is one of the most book friendly and literate areas of the commonwealth. Books are available at our fingertips with local libraries offering free access to educational, news, and historical resources on site and online. During the Great Depression, it wasn\’t so easy. At that time, books were seen as a luxury, especially to those living in remote areas.
Join author and historian Wayne Onkst as he chronicles the creative program that brought reading to our Kentucky neighbors using unconventional means in the NKY History Hour: The Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 p.m.
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Information on how to connect to the Zoom session will be sent after registration. The event will also be streamed live on BCM\’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bcmuseumnky. All recordings of past episodes can be viewed at https://www.bcmuseum.org/activities/nky-history-hour/2-uncategorised/368-past-nky-history-hours.
Wayne Onkst is the retired State Librarian and Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. A lifelong lover of books and reading, he took his first job at the age of 16 in the Laurel County Public Library. After obtaining degrees in history and library science from the University of Kentucky, he was a librarian at the Kenton County Public Library for 27 years, serving as Director of the Library from 1999-2006. In 2006, he was appointed State Librarian and Commissioner and served until 2015.
He has authored two books: Buffalo Trails to the 21st Century: a History of Erlanger, Ky. and Presidential Visits to Kentucky 1819-2017. Wayne and his wife, Debbie, are residents of Erlanger, Kentucky. They have two sons and three granddaughters.
NKY History Hour programs are moving to Tuesday! Beginning October 3, NKY History Hour will take place every other Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m.. They will remain free to the public, but may become a BCM members-only benefit in the future. To support NKY History Hour and access many other entertaining and thought-provoking programs for free, join BCM today: http://bcmuseum.org/support-us/join/become-a-member.
Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by our members, the City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court, ArtsWave, Kentucky Arts Council, the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation.
Our convenient onsite parking is free of charge. Wheelchair accessible parking is available.