Flood takes a toll on all manner of homes, lives

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By Celia McDonald

Congratulations to our board members who have appeared in the Herald News recently: Michael Huff, named a Governor’s Scholar; Nina Cundiff, elected 2010-2012 Fourth District Vice-Governor for the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs.  Also, great picture of Leah Carter with some of the Lincolns a couple of weeks back. All of them earned this recognition – Michael by being a hard-working good student with a great attitude, Nina with many years of service devoted to the Hodgenville Woman’s Club and Leah by being so pretty in her prom pink, though she has other assets as well. Extra cheers for all of you from your friends at Main Street.

Water washed away all sorts of homes

Here at Main Street we are particularly interested in preserving our history, our older buildings, but lately everyone has been concerned with preserving the basic things of life, such as homes, barns, even vehicles. Last week I saw beside I-65 about 25 deer, all does and fawns, standing trapped between water as far as one could see on one side and the dangerous highway on the other. No shelter, little food – plenty of water. Then I read Linda’s story about the animal whisperer calling the baby rabbits to him, making them swim (rabbits swim?) to him so they could be saved. Wow, what a story. Those were some lucky animals.

The downside is that there must have been many animals everywhere – both wild and domestic – trying to find a way to survive in the water and having no idea where or how to go. Water is not as devastating as forest fires, because their habitat will still be there, food and all, once the water recedes. But not knowing that, or how long it would take or where to go surely would have been an awful – and certainly sometimes deadly-plight.

The Kentucky Heritage Council has information on how to repair historic structures damaged by Mother Nature’s rages. Give me a call and I can refer you to that information (358-5913).   

Family History

workshop to be held in Frankfort

The Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Genealogical Society will host a free family-history workshop called “Genealogy Basics” and “Migrations Patterns” 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 22 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort.

In the first session, Jackie Couture, of the Eastern Kentucky University Archives, will offer guidance on beginning to research and document your family history. In the second session, Couture will describe how and why people moved into and out of early Kentucky. 

Following the close of each Family-History Workshop at 1:45 p.m., the Kentucky Technology in Genealogy Users Group offers a free program to help support family-history researchers’ use and understanding of technology as it applies to genealogy. This month, Phyllis Spiker will continue last month’s discussion on organizing and presenting research using slideshows.

The free Family-History Workshop series takes place each month at the Center for Kentucky History. Topics range from how to begin documenting your ancestry to specialized resources for experienced genealogists. If requested at the time of registration, an optional light lunch is available at a cost of $6, payable at the door.

To make a reservation, contact the KHS Reference Desk at 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or RefDesk@ky.gov. Registration for the May workshop is required before noon on May 21. Learn more about the Family-History Workshop programs and other resources for genealogical research on the KHS website, www.history.ky.gov.