Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Doug Boyd talks about the bourbon renaissance on WUKY

Sure, Kentucky bourbon is arguably more popular than ever, evidenced by the oft quoted statistic that there are now more bourbon barrels in the state than there are people, but that wasn't always the case. In this episode of Saving Stories WUKY's Alan Lytle and Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at UK Libraries, talk about the bourbon renaissance and share audio clips from the Nunn Center's ongoing Kentucky Bourbon Tales project.  http://wuky.org/post/saving-stories-chronicling-bourbons-big-comeback#stream/0

Lyric presents UK Libraries exhibition on Kentucky's African-American LGBTQ community

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center is currently hosting a free public exhibition on LGBTQ members of the African-American community in the commonwealth from UK Libraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). The public may view “A Pictorial History of African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Persons in Kentucky” through October 17, at the center located at 300 E. Third St.

This exhibition's images tell a brief story of the life and work of Kentucky's African-American LGBTQ community starting with the 1909 successful appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals from Caldwell County Circuit Court in the case Commonwealth v. Poindexter. It is believed to be the earliest case of African Americans challenging the sodomy law in Kentucky.

There are also images of the “Negro Review,” local entertainment shows held at Woodland Park Auditorium during the 1930s with an all-male cast in drag. In addition, there are images of the drag shows held at the Lyric Theater in 1960, followed by images of the entertainers being arrested and taken to jail. Drag shows were illegal in 1960.

More contemporary images in this exhibition feature Angela Davis’ visit to UK; Djuan Trent, 2010 Miss Kentucky; and the local LGBTQ organization Bluegrass Black Pride.

This is the third showing of “A Pictorial History: African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Persons in Kentucky.” The first version of the exhibit was displayed in the SCRC at UK during 2015 Black History Month. Thanks to the leadership and interest of Bluegrass Black Pride members seeking to make the exhibit more available to the general public, the Lexington Public Library ran the exhibit in the fall of 2015 and it is now on display at the Lyric. The exhibition was part of the September 2016 Gallery Hop.

The 26 framed images showcased in the exhibition are from UK photo collections and from very generous loans by individuals and organizations throughout the community and who are credited on the caption cards next to each frame. The exhibition is sponsored by UK Libraries, UK African American and Africana Studies Program, and the community organization Bluegrass Black Pride.

SCRC is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center is dedicated to honoring its past while maintaining a strong vision for the further development of both the East End and the greater Lexington and Bluegrass community. The mission of the Lyric is to preserve, promote, present and celebrate diverse cultures with special emphasis on African-American cultural heritage through artistic presentations of the highest quality, educational programming and outreach, film, and opportunities for community inclusion.

Monday, September 19, 2016

UK Libraries participates in the Year of South Asia kickoff

Mary Pattengill, Katie Smith and Toni Greider, UK Libraries International Working Group, greeted students at the Arts and Sciences Year of South Asia kickoff event. They promoted the South Asia cinema series that UK Libraries is sponsoring and invited everyone to taste chikki, an authentic Indian candy. The Year of South Asia will be celebrated for the entire academic year and UK Libraries will be mounting exhibits and hosting cultural events during the fall and spring semesters.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New recipes in time for Bourbon Heritage Month

Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon whiskey is produced in Kentucky, and the drink is as distinctive to the state as Thoroughbred horses and Bluegrass music. As America’s native spirit enjoys booming popularity worldwide, award-winning bartender Joy Perrine and celebrated restaurant critic and drinks writer Susan Reigler return to offer new recipes that will delight both the cocktail novice and the seasoned connoisseur.
Following up on their best-selling “The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book,” the duo returns with more reasons to appreciate bourbon whiskey in “More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails.” This mouthwatering volume features more than fifty delicious new concoctions—including variations on classics such as the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan—and even adds a splash of Kentucky flavor to mojitos, sangria, lemonade, and coffee. It also serves up recipes from leading bartenders, prizewinning drinks from cocktail competitions, and a bourbon-inspired buffet featuring edibles that will be a feast for aficionados. The useful bourbon glossary and bibliography will appeal to professional or at-home bartenders eager to experiment, invent, and savor their own recipes.
Included among the potables in this volume are:
"More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails"
Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler      photographs by Jessica Ebelhar
Publication Date: August 26, 2016      $16.95 cloth, ISBN: 978-0-8131-6768-8      ebook available

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Deirdre Scaggs part of Patterson Hall rededication, renaming of four residence halls

Although Patterson Hall may look familiar on the outside, once you step through its doors, you will see the inside of the historical building has been transformed. On Monday, September 12 the University of Kentucky celebrated the renovation of Patterson Hall as well as the many women pioneers who passed through its doors.

UK alumna and former Patterson Hall resident, Myra Tobin, treasures the time she spent in Patterson Hall as a student.

"It was a dorm that had character. It was well built. It was stately. It was right in the center of a beautiful grove of trees. It was a prestigious place to live," Tobin said.

Women were admitted to the university beginning in 1880, but they were not permitted to live on campus until Patterson Hall opened in 1904.

"Patterson Hall had a meaning that went far beyond just a place where students lived," said Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center.

As the first women's dormitory, the hall gave female students the chance to further their education and truly experience campus life — an opportunity they had not had before.

"It is important that we not forget the legacy of those pioneers and then how we cast the buildings around it to further remember that we didn’t just have a founding father at the University of Kentucky," said President Eli Capilouto. "Our history is built on the endurance and perseverance of — what I like to say — ‘our founding mothers.’"

Through the doors of Patterson Hall passed many of the university's women pioneers including Sarah Bennett Holmes, Cleona Belle Matthews Boyd, Georgia M. Blazer and Frances Jewell. As the university celebrates the transformation of Patterson Hall, it is also celebrating the legacies those women left behind.

"This place, that building, its halls and its ground are hallowed and sacred because these people had to go through something that was difficult in their time," Capilouto said.

Outdated residence halls bearing the names of these four women were torn down to make way for UK's recent residential transformation. During the September 12 ceremony, UK formally announced the renaming of four north campus residence halls surrounding Patterson Hall to honor these women. Champions Court I has been named Frances Jewell Hall. Champions Court II has been named Georgia M. Blazer Hall. Limestone Park I has been named Sarah Bennett Holmes Hall. Limestone Park II has been named Cleona Belle Matthews Boyd Hall.

As renovation began on Patterson Hall, the design team reviewed original plans in order to best capture and preserve the building in a way that will better serve current and future students. During the renovation, many remnants of the past were found throughout the building including a 1906-07 class assignment schedule and old postcards.

"It should be a tribute to what UK was and where it’s going in the future," said Mary Vosevich, UK vice president for facilities management.

"I think you need bridges to the past and Patterson Hall is one of those bridges," said Tobin.

Photo courtesy of UK Public Relations & Marketing

Nearly 1,000 questions answered at W.T. Young Library “Survivor” information desk

--> UK Libraries faculty, staff and student workers from across the library system welcomed students to campus in the lobby of William T. Young Library.  The “Survivor”-themed staffed information desk in the atrium featured “Ask Us Live!,” a prize wheel and treats. It operated for three weeks with faculty and staff providing information on how to find articles and books, tips on computer access and printing, directions to classes, and more. The “On the Hunt: Librarians As Your Guide” event in the Hub downstairs provided another opportunity for students to learn about library services and resources and included prize giveaways and cookies. This was the fifth year for the specially staffed welcome desk. Thank you to everyone who welcomed our new students and their families to campus!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pop in UK Special Collections for one-of-a-kind pop-up book collection

The University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) presents an exhibition of intriguing new acquisitions to the Richardson Pop-up book collection.

This free exhibition is currently open to the public in the Great Hall on the second floor of the Margaret I. King Library Building and will be available for viewing through Friday, October 14.

Pop-up books from popular TV shows, movies and book series including "The Walking Dead," "Harry Potter," "Game of Thrones" and "Transformers" are on display. Other books showcase pop-up versions of new classics in children’s literature and bedtime stories, as well as old favorites such as Dr. Seuss’ "The Lorax" and "Aesop’s Fables." Several selections highlight construction and architecture, including a building crane to complement the real things commonly seen on UK’s campus.

The Richardson Pop-up Book Collection currently features over 500 pop-up books donated to the SCRC by Kathleen Richardson since 2013.

The SCRC at the King Library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Jaime Marie Burton, the director of Research Services and Education for the SCRC, at jmburton1@uky.edu.

UK Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection and ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.