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Lost River Towns of Boone County
Kentucky
When Boone County was officially founded in 1799, a local population was already growing by the day. The Ohio River offered settlers access to this new frontier west of the Alleghenies, and soon many vibrant communities were established along the banks of the Ohio. Today, once...
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True Bluegrass Stories: History from the Heart of Kentucky
Kentucky
Famed pioneer Daniel Boone, upon seeing the Bluegrass region for the first time in 1769, wrote, “From the top of an eminence, we saw with pleasure the beautiful level of Kentucke.” Centuries later, his sentiments still ring true.In this fast-paced collection of articles from h...
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Shreveport Chronicles: Profiles From Louisiana's Port City
Louisiana
“Here are heroes and scoundrels, businessmen and religious leaders, artists and soldiers, pioneers and planters…as well as a number of stories that are ironic, bizarre or simply curious.” In this newest collection of his popular columns, Eric J. Brock portrays Shreveport’s his...
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Lost Bluegrass: History of a Vanishing Landscape
Kentucky
The Bluegrass region has come to define what makes Kentucky a place unlike any other. What began as the homeland of native tribes developed into ideal farmland for early settlers. Development continued as the region evolved into the premier breeding grounds for world-famous th...
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Confederate General Leonidas Polk: Louisiana's Fighting Bishop
Louisiana
Leonidas Polk is one of the most fascinating figures of the Civil War. Consecrated as a bishop of the Episcopal Church and commissioned as a general into the Confederate army, Polk's life in both spheres blended into a unique historical composite. Polk was a man with deep reli...
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The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band: More than a Century of a New Orleans Icon
Louisiana
In 1910, the Tuxedo Jazz Band played its first show at the Tuxedo Dance Hall in Storyville under Oscar Celestin. The popular ensemble went on to play all over New Orleans, as well as across the South and the nation. In 1953, it became the first jazz band to play the White Hous...
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When Hurricane Katrina Hit Home
Louisiana
Chazz Cohen lives with his grandmom in the Garden District of New Orleans. In his family, money is no problem. But money won't buy Chazz what he wants--a "real" home with his mom. Across town in the Ninth Ward, Lyric Talbert wishes her mom didn't expect so much from her, espec...
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Kenneth & Helen Spencer of Kansas: Champions of Culture & Commerce in the Sunflower State
Kansas
Born on opposite sides of the Kansas/Missouri border in 1902, Kenneth Aldred Spencer and his wife, Helen Foresman Spencer, were transformative figures in the Midwest during the twentieth century. Kenneth grew up in the small town of Pittsburg, Kansas, but by the 1950s, his inn...
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Amazing Grace: A Kentucky Girl with Gumption during World War II
Kentucky
Eleven-year-old Grace Ann Brewer lives a normal life until her father joins the army in 1944 during World War II. When her family moves from Hazard to Ashland, Grace faces challenges entirely new to her--life without her father, fitting in at a new school and living in a new h...
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Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee
Kentucky
Forged on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers during the nineteenth century, jug band music was the early soundtrack for a new nation. Louisville was at the heart of it all. German and Irish immigrants, former slaves en route to Chicago and homesteaders moving into the city create...
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Marymount College of Kansas: A History
Kansas
One year before the United States granted women the right to vote, the Sisters of St. Joseph broke ground on the construction of the first all-women's college in Kansas. Escalating construction costs put the school's future in jeopardy until Mother Antoinette took her plea for...
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More University of Kansas Basketball Legends
Kansas
KU alumnus and Jayhawk enthusiast Kenn Johnson is back with even more legends and firsts. Notable coaches like Danny Manning, who won the national championship as a player in 1988 and again as part of the coaching staff in 2008, have shaped and molded the team throughout the d...
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Haunted Macomb
Illinois
The Illinois town of Macomb is the perfect example of an old prairie town that has grown from an unforgiving frontier into a modern and diverse community in the twenty-first century. Since 1828, spirits of departed citizens have stubbornly remained dead above ground within the...
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Arlington Heights, Illinois: A Brief History
Illinois
The village of Arlington Heights--beginning with the diligence and fortitude of William Dunton--is replete with stories of bitter hardship and exalting triumph. Originally named Dunton after its founder, the village's success was sealed by canny deal-making that brought a rail...
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Murder and Mayhem on Chicago's South Side
Illinois
Lurking below the Loop, behind the industry-driven energy of Chicago, lies the mysterious criminal underworld of the South Side. Recounting criminal exploits of legends like Alphonse Capone, as well as lesser-known stories like the Car Barn Bandits, Troy Taylor captures the in...
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