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Gateway: Dr. Thomas Walker and the Opening of Kentucky Gateway: Dr. Thomas Walker and the Opening of Kentucky
by David M. Burns, Adam Jones (Photographer)  
You see many paintings of Daniel Boone and party walking into Kentucky, but the first white man whou entered into Kentucky, while exploring and keeping a diary was Dr. Thomas Walker. Dr. Walker and party entered Kentucky on April 30, 1750. This opened Kentucky for westward expansion. Buy this book now
A New History of Kentucky A New History of Kentucky by Lowell Hayes Harrison, James C. Klotter
Produced by two of Kentucky's most active and respected historians, this is the first comprehensive history of the Commonwealth since Thomas C. Clark chronicled Kentucky history some 60 years ago. The book's 25 chapters relate the story in chronological fashion, from pioneer days to the current challenges. Maps, figures, and tables help readers to visualize the personalities and events.
A History of Kentucky by Thomas D. Clark
New edition of original 1937 publication. Clark writes about Kentucky in her proper setting in the national picture. This standard college history text includes bibliographical references and index.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia The Kentucky Encyclopedia by Thomas D. Clark, James C. Klotter, John E. Kleber (Editors)
A product of the Kentucky Bicentennial Commission, this volume, devoted to the state of Kentucky, contains 2,000 entries ranging in length from 100 to 2,500 words, written by 500 authors. Although history is the backbone of this reference, entries are also included about such subjects as the arts, communications, economics, education, folk life, literature, politics, religion, sciences, sports, and transportation.
The Encyclopedia of Louisville The Encyclopedia of Louisville by John E. Kleber (Editor)
Named for King Louis XVI of France in appreciation for his assistance during the Revolutionary War, Louisville was founded by George Rogers Clark in 1778. While its initial growth was slow, the advent of the steamboat in the early 1800s sparked booming industrial development, and by 1830 Louisville had secured its place as the largest city in Kentucky. With more than 1,800 entries ranging from Helen Abell (historic preservationist) to Sebastian Zorn (twice president of the Louisville Water Co.), The Encyclopedia of Louisville is the ultimate reference for Kentuckys largest city.
The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses by Bill Doolittle
Written by Kentucky native son and sportswriter Bill Doolittle, The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses! celebrates the rich tradition of Kentucky horse farms; the festive, fun-filled days leading up to the race itself; the legends and the heroes; the memorable moments and the thrilling head-to-head rivalries that have punctuated 125 years of the Kentucky Derby. With a foreword by the quintessential observer of American life, Walter Cronkite, The Kentucky Derby is the most captivating and lavish book ever produced about "the most exciting two minutes in sports."
Click here to purchase Days of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky! Days of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky by John Ed Pearce
For those who want to know, John Ed Pearce, a Kentucky journalist, tells about six of the most notorious and long-running feuds of Eastern Kentucky - those in Breathitt, Clay, Harlan, Perry, Pike, and Rowan counties. Find out if Big Jim Howard really did kill Governor William Goebel? Did the Hatfield-McCoy fight start over a hog?
American Hollow American Hollow by Rory Kennedy, Steve Lehman (Photography)
A poignant epic and an extraordinary portrait of a near-extinct way of life, American Hollow profiles the Bowling family and its seven generations in Appalachia. This is the companion book created for the documentary. Preface by distinguished Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Coles, who worked in Appalachia as a young physician.

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