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Henry Clay is portrayed by George McGee

Painted Stone Settlers Host Henry Clay


Shelbyville, KY On April 3, 2014 Kentucky’s Statesman, Henry Clay presented his life’s story to a diverse crowd at the Shelby County Library. Living History group The Painted Stone Settlers host a free program each April during their monthly meeting. Clay’s performance was one of a kind as he engaged the audience in helping him portray various figures from his colorful life. Photos and Newsreel now loaded!

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Settlers faced a raid at The Colonial Days in Bardstown, KY. The event took place across two venues - Old Bardstown Village (above) and at Wickland Estate - The Home of Three Governors- just a few blocks from each other. More to come...

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Members of the Illinois Regiment “sign up recruits” at Historic Locust Grove. More to come....

Civil War Mini Series to use Kick Starter to raise $2.5 Million.

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After unsuccessfully promoting this project for 12 years, veteran TV and film writer Michael Frost Beckner launches the project April 16, 2014 on the creative fund raising site - Kickstarter. Beckner hopes to raise enough to produce the first two episodes of the miniseries. Beckner has signed on a group of talented actors and behind the scene folks - pending the project getting off the ground. Visit the website at

Capital City Museum celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The March on Frankfort

Frankfort, KY The Capital City Museum has added a changing exhibits gallery. The first exhibit debuted in March and is a photo exhibit of the Civil Rights March that took place in 1964. Guest speakers were activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and baseball great Jackie Robinson. Photos now posted - click here.

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History in Your Own Backyard

The Louisville Water Tower Museum - Opened March 1, 2014

The winter of 2014 will go down in the record books for cold temperatures, record snowfalls and unseasonable weather in usually warmer parts of the country.

It will go down in our own personal record book as the longest time span with out taking photos or visiting an historic venue.

So when the weather broke on Saturday, cameras in hand we visited the new Louisville Water Company Museum. Around the Greek Revival Column are 8 figures of early Greek mythology and one lone figure of an American Indian. The tower was built in 1857.

Additional Photos of the outside of the Water Tower.


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Coming Events - 2014

See each month’s listing of coming events!

April 26-27, 2014
- Women on the Frontier, Fort Boonesborough State park, Richmond, KY
April 25-27, 2014 Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous - 22nd Annual Event - Williamsburg, OH

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Daniel Boone at
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The first Fireside Chat with Daniel Boone portrayed by Scott New was held at Fort Boonesborough State Park on February 1st. It was the only evening of dinner and entertainment to take place in 2014 since weather forced the cancellations of the rest of the programs.

 See photos of this chat.

History Through


In December we visited some train exhibits for the Christmas Season. It started us taking a second look at other railroad exhibits and museum and exhibits that show history through miniature train displays. 

See Cincinnati History Museum’s exhibits - Cincinnati in Motion and Cincinnati Goes to War by clicking here.


A Glimpse at
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Christmas always brings a revived interest in trains. Boys and trains have been linked with Christmas for many, many years. This year we visited the American Railroading Museum located just north of Cincinnati, Ohio in the Entertrainment Junction.

The museum tells the story of how train travel changed the face of the United States. The first trains were seen in England around 1800. The “Tom Thumb” was the first American built and designed steam engine. It was built by Peter Cooper in 1830. (Photo below). From that time forward the American landscape began to change. From a nation of small unlinked self sufficient farming communities, the rail system began making travel and goods accessible to the common man. The ability to get foodstuffs to markets all across the country in record time changed the lifestyle of most Americans.

Building the railroads created jobs on a scale never before seen. The westward movement tied with the Industrial Revolution saw growth in many areas including the steel industry. The first canal to transport goods had started in 1817 and was completed in 1825. But it’s life was short. By 1835 railroads had taken the country by storm. Railroads transported goods and people.

Telegraph lines which had been unreliable before (because they needed to cross miles of open territory) now sprang up alongside the rail lines and were often maintained by the rail companies. By the 1860 and the Civil War era, railroads were a key element in the War between the states. 

Rediscovering History in 2014

After a 2013 filled with medical emergencies The Pioneer Times is ready to go for 2014. Watch for us at historical venues and as we take our cameras back on the road. Also watch for new stories and photos from the pages of history and the historical groups we work with. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy 2014. Also invite us to your next historical event by sending us an email.

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