Kenton County Historical Society Meetings and Public Program


Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park

Saturday, March 31, 2018 -- 10:30 a.m.:  Andy Corn with the Ludlow Historical Society will present a 3D program on the Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park.  The event will be held at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Library and is FREE and open to the public.

Every now and then, Northern KY remembers the Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park. This turn of the century park once had thousands of spectators visit the park each summer.  What do the grounds look like now?  What did it look like back then?  What if we combined the lake, buildings, and rides of the past overtop the current houses, roads, and topography of today?

The Ludlow Historic Society has created a digital 3D model of the 1909 amusement park using current GIS mapping, 3D software, Sanborn maps, and old photographs.  The model overlaps the park as it was in 1909 with current site conditions.  The 3D model shows the old rides as they wind through existing neighborhoods.  The model allows views from any angle and any elevation.  Andy Corn will give a brief history of the Lagoon Amusement Park, describe the process for making the model, and present the model.

The event will be held at the Erlanger Branch of the kenton County Library

History of Public Water Supply in Covington - May 12th

Saturday, May 12, 2018 -- 10:30 a.m. – Arnold Taylor will give a presentation on the history of public water supply in Covington.  The event will be held at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Library and is FREE and open to the public.

The presentation is based on Arnold's book on how men in charge of Covington, Kentucky managed, over nearly 100 years, to provide the people of Covington with water that was fit to drink and to use for domestic and commercial purposes. Those efforts were sometimes misguided, but it was always recognized that something had to be done to provide safe water to a growing population. While there was a system of public cisterns, those had to be supplied from the rivers when rain did not fill them, and their use for fighting fires was diminished when fire hoses would become clogged with mud that collected in them. Efforts to establish a regular water supply began before the Civil War, but no real waterworks was created until 1871. Even then, the water that the public received was hardly clean and pure, as it came from the Ohio River, untreated. Ultimately, reservoirs were created to allow settlement of the water before delivery to homes and businesses, but it was many years before city water was purified by modern methods. Covington no longer operates a water system, but the result of its creation of a safe water supply can still be seen in the form of the Northern Kentucky Water District, on which many in Northern Kentucky now rely.


Photo Scanning for Archiving at the Library - July 21st

July 21st, 2018 -- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Representatives of the Kenton County Historical Society and the Library will be on hand at the Durr Branch in Independence to scan old photos to be archived into the masive collection of historic images on the library's website.  Please limit your collection to 6-8 photos.  The event is FREE.


Behringer Crawford Museum


Two-Headed Calf Awards

Among the very deserving award winners at the Behringer Crawford Museum’s annual Two Headed Calf Awards Gala dinner will be KCHS Vice-president Karl J. Lietzenmayer.  As retiring senior editor of Northern Kentucky Heritage magazine, Karl Lietzenmayer has been in charge of recruiting authors, writing and editing articles, taking photos, designing the publication and overseeing its twice-annual distribution since he and others founded it twenty-five years ago.  The magazine has won awards from local and national history organizations. A member of the Kenton County Historical Society since 1991, Lietzenmayer now serves as board vice-president.  Formerly a quality control chemist for Andrew Jergens Company and a high school teacher, Lietzenmayer also was music director of Mother of God Choral Club for 27 years. He is a frequent public speaker and a staunch believer in the importance of recording and preserving regional history. He and his wife Peggy have nine children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren between them.

The Museum will present the awards on Thursday, March 22, 6:00 pm, at NKU.  The evening will include cocktails, live music, a silent auction, raffles, gala dinner and the ceremony. Award winners are Kenneth F. Harper and Eileen Harper, a Special Recognition award: Judith G. Clabes and Gene A. Clabes, publisher and senior editor, respectively, of and the Northern Kentucky Tribune: a Service to the Community: Generosity and Vision; M. Patricia Fox, president of Friends of Big Bone - Service to Learning: Academic Excellence; and Karl J. Lietzenmayer, senior editor of Northern Kentucky Heritage magazine - Service to History: Scholarship and Public Service.  Reservations, call 859-491-4003 or email Executive Director Laurie Risch at by March 10; tickets $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Free valet service and parking will be available.





Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society
all meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.  (859) 635-6407 for questions or further details

March 8th, Old NewpoertSteel Building: Newport Steel and Building -- Dean Gosney
April 12th, Wilder City Building: The Siege of Cincinnati -- Dr. James Ramage
May 10th, Wilder City Building: The Pompilio  Family and Restaurant -- Dan Pompilio
June 14th, Cold Spring City Park: Annual Picnic with Awards








Kenton County Historical Society

P.O. Box 641

Covington, KY  41012