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Kenton County Historical Society

February 1, 2020 -- Stan Bowman Documentary:  A movie documentary on race car driver Stan Bowman will be presented by John M. Lucas on February 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., in the meeting room of the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library.  Lucas has been a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Safety Organization and has worked the Indianapolis 500 and Brick Yard 400 races.

Auto racer Stan Bowman was a native of Covington, Kentucky, and his career looked quite promising until, while warming up in 1962, the front axle of his car broke, causing his front end to dig into the track dirt.  His car began to flip violently, end-over-end, into and over the guardrail, landing on a fence outside the track.

While today's drivers are secured by all kinds of safety devices and drive in a cocoon of protection, Bowman and his counterparts risked their lives every race due to minimal safety protection.  Bowman won several local races and advanced to Sprint Car, where he raced against fellow drivers who, like himself, might qualify for the Indianapolis 500.  An eight-page article titled "The Bravest of them All: The Legend of Stan Bowman" was featured in Northern Kentucky Heritage Magazine in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue.

 

March 14, 2020 -- 27th annual Northern Kentucky Regional History Day:  This wonderful event will be held at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The day will include an opening speaker, nine workshops, and local history/heritage organizations displaying their publications and activities.  More information and a full schedule will be available in the coming months.  Tickets can be purchased from the "Online Store: on this website.

 

Fourth Tuesday of Every Month -- KCHS Board Meetings: The Kenton County Historical Society's board meets the fourth Tuesday of every month (skipping December).  Members are welcome to attend.  The board discusses finances; social media and website publicity; events; special projects, such as historical highway markers and G.I.S. mapping; books and maps; and more.

 
Behringer-Crawford Museum

Holiday Toy Trains: This has been the 28th year for BCM’s Holiday Toy Trains display with its 250 feet of track and more than 30 guest-activated displays. Guests also enjoy the Dickens’ Village and Wahoo’s Winter Wonderland, a kid-size, animated exhibit based on the children’s book by Kenton Hills author Diana Grady, “The Holiday Adventures of Wiley Wahoo & Me.

Holiday Traditions @ BCM, which is sponsored by Central Bank, will be on display until Sunday, January 5, 2020. Behringer-Crawford Museum is located at 1600 Montague Road-Devou Park, Covington, KY 41011. The exhibits are free for museum members. For non-members, they are included with paid admission: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 60+ and $5 for children. Wednesdays are Grandparent’s Days: one grandchild admitted free with each paying grandparent. Parking is free.

For more information, call 859-491-4003 or go to www.bcmuseum.org.