The Historical Society Museum now has a new roof, and repairs to the porch are completed. If you would like to donate to help pay for these necessary repairs, please send your tax deductible gift to the Owen County Historical Society at 206 North Main St. Owenton, KY 40359. Please designate that your donation is for a new roof. Thanks to all who have donated to this vital renovation.
The historical society has recently acquired three new books. 1812 Kentuck Is Coming, by members Bonnie Strassell and Christina Murphy, is dedicated to Kentuckians who fought in the War of 1812, especially patriots from the Owen County area. Reflections Of A Riverman is a compilation of 38 articles written by Charles Johnson and published in the Owenton News Herald beginning in the 1950's. Kentucky River Marauders is a collection of stories and newspaper articles detailing atrocities perpetrated by gangs in Owen, Henry and Shelby counties during and after the Civil War. Also included are delightful stories of members of the Low Dutch Colony who settled on the waters of Six Mile Creek in frontier days.
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A documentary video featuring the inspiring true life story of Owen Countian, Harry Clark Karsner, and his Gospel Plane ministry is available for viewing at https://historyinyourownbackyard.com/video/karsner-air-field-monterey-kentucky.
From 6-9 p.m., Friday, May 24 and 10 a.m.,-4 p.m., Saturday, May 25 the lawn in front of the courthouse will be occupied by early Kentucky settlers.
Several reenactors will be in their camps and will tell stories of those early days in Kentucky when pioneers and Indians roamed the area.
The United Trappers of Kentucky will also be on hand with tanned furs, traps and a wealth of information about trapping in Kentucky.
Join us and help celebrate our 200-year history.
Currently we are seeking volunteers to help us keep the museum open on a more regular basis. We are working on an updated brochure outlining the historic significance of each room in the Hartsough House. If anyone can spend a few hours once a month to volunteer, please contact us at 502-484-2529.