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Ancestral Trails holding book fair

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By Neal Cardin, Landmark News Service

 Residents interested in local history or family ancestry can find books to help with research at an upcoming event.

The Ancestral Trails Historical Society is hosting its 12th annual book fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. Admission is free.

 “This year we will have several authors from the area and surrounding area offering books of historical note for sale along with a history jamboree,” said Ancestral Trails webmaster George Williams.

Williams said the jamboree will feature several re-enactors, including portrayals of Robert E. Lee, Mark Twain, Carry A. Nation, Gen. George Armstrong Custer, General Braddock and a long-hunter.

“These people will be available all day to tell stories about their time in history,” Williams said.

He said those who attend the fair, including children and history buffs, enjoy the stories.

Many authors and writers are scheduled to appear.

Williams said an author of note is Jeff Bridgeman, who compiled the “Kentucky High School Basketball Encyclopedia.” He said the 630-page book includes “every district, region and state tournament game from 1916 to 2013 along with notes on every school, many players, records, coaches.

“You name it, it’s in there,” he said.

Former North Hardin basketball coach Ron Bevars and former teacher Sherrill Williams will be at the fair helping sell the hardcover encyclopedia, priced at $40.

George Williams said other authors and vendors scheduled to attend include Shawn Roberts, Eldon Smith, Miranda Caswell, John Lay, Steve Wright, Betty Darnell, Carolyn Wimp and the West Point History Museum, Michigan 9th Infantry representing Fort Duffield, Sons of Union Veterans and Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Representatives of the LaRue County Genealogy Society will have a booth as will Jim Miller, who works in restoration of old photos. Steve Rafferty will offer a “Genealogy 101” booth, helping attendees get started on how to trace family histories and military records, among others. Arlin Kramer will have a booth showing Fort Knox cemeteries and histories of towns and settlements that existed before it become a U.S. Army post.

Williams said the purpose of the book fair is to help raise money to expand the library Ancestral Trails has at the Hardin County History Museum, but also to educate the public about history and genealogy of the area.

“We want people to be educated about our area and the characters who helped shaped it. There is something for all ages,” Williams said.

For more information about Ancestral Trails Historical Society, the upcoming book fair, membership and other events, go to www.aths.com.

Williams can be contacted at 270-307-6977 or glw10@comcast.net.