My areas of research include state and local history topics, especially that related
to Bowling Green and Warren County and the contiguous counties. In addition I have
written about the Shakers located at South Union, Kentucky, architecture, textiles,
history of the Commonwealth's libraries, and Western Kentucky University. I'm
also interested in biographical studies of those who played significant roles in the
Commonwealth's development. 

Librarianship & Library History

Textile History

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Fulling Around: The Shaker Fulling Mill at South Union, Kentucky (with Donna C. Parker), DLSC Faculty Publications (1999)

The fulling mill was an essential component of any successful early-19th century woolen industry. Fullers...

 

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“We Have Raffeled for the Elephant & Won!”: The Wool Industry at South Union, Kentucky (with Donna C. Parker), DLSC Faculty Publications (1997)

Wool, next to cotton, is perhaps the most important of all textile fibers. Like most...

 

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A Thread of Evidence: Shaker Textiles at South Union, Kentucky (with Donna C. Parker), DLSC Faculty Publications (1996)

Textile production was one of the many routine tasks performed in the early American home....

 

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Sericulture, Silk and South Union Shakers (with Donna C. Parker), DLSC Faculty Publications (1993)

Kentucky Shakers were particularly adept at the process of producing silk. Kentucky's temperate climate was...

 

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Flax Production at South Union, Kentucky (with Donna C. Parker), DLSC Faculty Publications (1992)

From 1810 to 1849, through several tedious processes, the Shakers cultivated flax and manufactured linen...

 

State & Local History

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Kennedy Campaign Comes to Bowling Green in October 1960, Kentucky Explorer (2013)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) campaigned for the presidency in the small town of Bowling Green,...

 

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Fluttering Beauty, Kentucky Explorer (2013)

This article chronicles the efforts of Lillian Iona (Tyne) Pace (1925-2010) in getting the Viceroy...

 

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Housing the Dead: Grave Houses in Kentucky, Library Speaker Series & Special Events (2013)

WKU Libraries faculty, staff, students, and friends enjoyed a We've Been Everywhere presentation on Tuesday,...

 

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If Walls Could Talk: WKU President's Home, WKU Spirit (2011)

Designed in 1957 by architect James Maurice Ingram for Mayor Clifford Lampkin, the home at...

 

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“21st Century Makeover”, Arts & Letters (2010)

Van Meter Hall was the first building constructed atop College Hill for the fledgling Western...

 

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Now He Belongs to the Ages: Memorializing Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky Humanities (2008)

Reviled by many of his fellow Kentuckians while he was president, Abraham Lincoln became Kentucky’s,...

 

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Standout Attractions, Kentucky Humanities (2006)

Living in Chicago and working as a traveling salesman in the 1920s-1930s, Duncan Hines had...