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Kenton County Historical Society

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

                 2019 is the centennial year of the death of famed Covington-born artist Frank Duveneck.  A presentation by author James Ott is scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, at 10:30 a. m., in the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library.  Duveneck trained in Covington, Cincinnati, and in Germany, and became a nationally-acclaimed artist, praised by novelist Henry James and so many others.  He became a popular art teacher in Munich and Bavaria and at the Art Academy in Cincinnati.  His paintings are seen at nationally- prestigious art museums and locally at the Taft and Cincinnati Art Museums.  The Kenton County Library also has a collection.  He resided in Covington in his later years and is buried in Mother of God Cemetery.


Behringer Crawford Museum

Holiday Train Display

Sunday, January 13th will be the final day of the museum’s holiday exhibits and programs.  Still to be seen by adults, children and grandchildren will be the Holiday Toy Trains running in their 27th year on 250 feet of track “through busy cities and snowy countryside”;  see Wiley Wahoo's Winter Wonderland, “an animated exhibit based on the children's book by Kenton Hills author Diana Grady”; and see the Dickens Village exhibit of “hundreds of miniature, hand-painted, ceramic mansions, shops and figurines, all lit and decorated for the holidays.”


See the Behringer Crawford museum website about for programs.  A New Year’s Eve celebration and program on December 31st from 10:30 a. m. to 1:00 p. m. will teach party crafts, and provide games and snacks for children and the whole family.  After January 13 the museum will be closed two weeks for taking down, putting away, cleanup, for reorganizing and for adding storage hardware for current and recent additions to the collections.  A new sports exhibit is in the upcoming schedule. 


Northern Kentucky Regional History Day

March 23rd will be the day, and the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will be the site, of the 26th annual Northern Kentucky Regional History Day.  On the present schedule: At 9:00 a. m. Professor John Schlipp will do the opening presentation on “Music, Musicians, and Entertainers from Northern Kentucky and the Tri-State Region.”

Schlipp (an Assoc. Professor Librarian at the NKU/Steely Library) will show “the development of the region’s music, musicians, and entertainers and how their works resonate yet today.”  His research on regional music and entertainment was presented in Gateway City: Covington Kentucky, 1815-2015, the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky.

Three sessions of workshops with three presentations in each are scheduled to follow. Topics will be about the Civil War, “the Anti-German Hysteria during World War I in the Greater Cincinnati Area,” African American troops from Boone County and about specific historical sites and other topics. Historical societies, libraries, museums, historic sites and book authors will show their publications and projects. Breakfast pastries and drinks will be at hand. There should be enough parking very close by. The Erlanger branch recently underwent a substantial expansion of library and meeting space.