Rachel Jackson - The Gentle Wife of a Controversial President
Although their life was plagued with rumors of bigamy, the real story was much simpler. Rachel Donelson married Lewis Robards at the age of 17. His unreasonable jealousy forced her to separate from him and return from Kentucky to her family in Tennessee. She heard that he had filed for divorce. In 1791 she married Andrew Jackson. Two years later they received word that Robards had just then filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery. It seems he had previously obtained permission to file for a divorce but not done so. Now he filed, citing adultery since she had married Jackson.
We begin our series of articles on for Women’s History Month with the story of Peggy Chenoweth. Scalped in the spring house on her family’s property near Middletown, Kentucky in 1789 the Indians left Mrs. Chenoweth for dead. Instead she recovered and lived well into her 80’s. Read more......
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.
About Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as”Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as ”Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as ”Women’s History Month.”
From the Law Library of Congress' guide to the legislative history of Women's History Month.
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March 21-22, 2015 Kalamazoo Living History Show - Kalamazoo, MI April 1, 2015 Author Eddie Price at Historic Locust Grove, Louisville KY April 2, 2015 - Rebecca Boone presented by Bonnie Strassell - 7pm The Stratton Center, Shelbyville, KY Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Visit www.paintedstonesettlers.org for more information. April 18-19, 2015 - Women on the Frontier - Fort Boonesborough State Park April 18-19, 2015 An Early Modern Muster of Arms - Historic Fort Wayne , Fort Wayne, IN April 25-26, 2015 Seven Years War at Fort Boonesborough State Park
Maggie Delaney, Indentured Servant Tells Her Story
Returning for the third time to Fort Boonesborough’s February Fireside Chats, Maggie Delaney did not disappoint. Carol Jarboe first debuted her presentation of the story of an indentured servant in 2009. Since then she and her husband Rev. John Jarboe have traveled thousands of miles to countless venues to deliver this tale.
It is an emotional tale of hardship in the early days of the American colonies. Not only does Jarboe go through a myriad of emotions she takes the audience through her emotional journey with her. Her story begins in Ireland and ends in America. It is one woman’s journey to find a better life for herself and her family. Learn more.....
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Lyman C. Draper - From The Locust Grove Lecture Series
Jim Holmberg of The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY presented the program at the February Lecture Series at Historic Locust Grove. Lyman Draper was fascinated with the early settlement period of the Trans-Allegheny region and spent a life time collecting documents, stories and accounts from the area with a strong focus on Kentucky and Tennessee.
Although he spent his life collecting, Holmberg classifies him as “a procrastinator” who never really achieved his end purpose of compiling and writing. But regardless of whether or not he achieved his purpose or whether or not his methods
were ethical - he left behind a wealth of information that may never have been saved. Read more....
Fort Boonesborough Hosts the first of the 2015 Fireside Chats
Albert Roberts portrays an 18th Century Physician. During his performance Saturday night at Fort Boonesborough he selected a young boy from the audience to demonstrate his skills such as bloodletting and amputations to a full crowd.
History our own backyard!
I, too, am a Kentuckian....Abraham Lincoln
For February we bring you a photojournalist’s look at The Abraham Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY The Memorial consists of a small amphitheater, the large Lincoln Sculpture and Four Bas Relief Sculptures of events from Lincoln’s life Learn more....
As trains were the order of the week we made a visit to the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky. But it wasn’t the Christmas display but the permanent display of trains, minatures and even a full size trolley car in the lobby that caught our photographers eye. The theme of the museum is Rivers, Roads, Rails and Runways and examines transportation in the Cincinnati area in a bygone era. A wonderful place for children the museum examines the steamboat with a room dedicated to that time period. Click here
People in the Spotlight
Ralph Marcum: Renaissance Man
Author Charles Hayes takes a look at a multi talented Kentuckian in his new book“THE LIFE & TIMES OF RALPH MARCUM” Click here.
Steaming into the new year!
As always the holidays of 2014 meant trains, trains and more trains. Pioneer Times set up a display of a Holiday Wonderland complete with Toy Trains at the Oldham County Historical Society. The display was available during Light Up LaGrange and other events in the Rob Morris Chapel at the History Center Campus. Click here to view the trains and Christmas village.