County History Center
to offer dinner series lectures
to open lecture series
(April 2011) The Oldham County History Center
presents its 2011 Dinner Lecture Series, sponsored by Irish Rover, Too,
Theiss Home Furnishings and the Carl Clore Foundation. The series began
in February and continues in April at the Irish Rover, Too.
On April 13, Dr. Thomas Barnes will present Wildflowers Realities
and Myths. Barnes is part of the Kentucky Humanities Council lecture
series. Barnes, 53, is a statewide authority and author on Kentuckys
native flowers. He typically gives around 50 or more presentations a
year to a wide variety of audiences.
Barnes has been a wildlife specialist for the last 23
years, lecturing, researching and mentoring others about some of his
The most fascinating thing (about Kentuckys wildflowers
and wildlife) is the incredible diversity of plants and animals found
in the state and the various habitats in which they occur, said
Barnes, who is originally from South Dakota.
Barnes is Extension Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist for
the Department of Forestry for the University of Kentucky, where he
has served on the faculty for 20 years.
Although he teaches occasionally, his career mainly focuses on supporting
county extension agents in the area of programming and conducting general
programming in the area of wildlife and environmental conservation.
In addition to research, Barnes has mentored approximately a dozen graduate
students in their work on restoring native grasslands with herbicides.
Barnes received his doctorate in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from
Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries
Science from South Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Arts, Magna
Cum Laude from Huron College in South Dakota.
Cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members for Barnes lecture.
Following are the other History Center-sponsored lecture series events
for the year:
June 8: Lift Evry Voice and Sing
with Daryl Harris, part of the Kentucky Humanities Council lecture series. The
Northern Kentucky University professor will speak on African American
spirituals as avenues for the civil rights movement. This is part of
the Oldham County History Centers Juneteenth Celebration. Cost
is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.
Sept. 14: A-dolph Rupp: The Coach portrayed
by Kentucky Human-ities Council Chau-tauqua actor Dr. Edward B. Smith. This
is a repeat performance by Smith at the History Center due to popular
demand. Smith becomes Rupp in this unforgettable evening. Cost is $15
members and $18 for non-members.
Oct. 12: Henry Clay: Kentuckys Great
Statesman portrayed by Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua
actor George McGee. This performance is the most popular character in
the humanities council series. Cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.
Nov. 9: Re-gift those special treasures
with appraiser Mike Brown. Appraise some of those old items
you were going to throw out. Limit of one item per person. Cost
is $20 for members and $23 for non-members (includes cost of appraised
Reservations are required with discounts for history center members. All
events take place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For registration contact the
Oldham County History Center, 106 N. Second Ave., La Grange, Ky. at
Helen McKinney contributed to this report.
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