Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Harrison Heritage News for March (Vol. 18, No. 3) is history!


Shortly, some of you will receive five neatly-folded sheets of paper, sheets which have been carefully placed in a rather #10 business-size envelope that has a "Forever" stamp affixed to it.  The image on the stamp is rather unremarkable.  So is the Lexington postmark.

I can't say much more about the contents of the paper, envelope, or stamp ... except for to say that I think that this has all happened before.  For, you see, it is that time of the month when the next issue of the Harrison Heritage News, the monthly newsletter of the Harrison County Historical Society, should start to appear in mailboxes and email inboxes all across the country.

What makes this delivery so special is the ink ... its unique arrangement on those five sheets of paper is what makes this issue so different from all the others.

I think I hear a noise!  It sounds like some of you may be asking, "What's in this month's issue?"  Well, I can tell you.


William A. Penn, editor and accomplished author and historian, has offered a brief item entitled "Fate of the Old Covered Bridge" on page two.

There is a fine article entitled "Ireland, Revisited" by assistant editor and senior staff writer Philip Naff.  It is the fourth in what might be called a series of articles about Irish immigrants of Harrison County.  It should help to fill in a little more of the history of the Irish in the county and add even more names to the overall list of Irish immigrants who have gathered together to call Harrison County "home."

A two-page article entitled "Unusual Quilt Donated to the Museum" hopes to help solve a mystery as to the origins of a quilt which has over a hundred names sewn into the fabric of the quilt.  Might you know who some of the names belong to, or what the significance of the groupings of names might be?  Only by subscribing can you help to solve the mystery ... (Well, you can go to the museum, too, and see it in person, but I gotta try to get you to sign up to become a member of the historical society!  ;-)

Another museum page offers pictures and descriptions of some fairly unique items on display at the museum.  What are they, you ask?  Well, why not subscribe and see for yourself!

President Don Wagoner has compiled another "Genealogically Speaking" article, a part of his series on regional libraries telling all about what they have in their stacks that might be of interest to anybody researching local history or genealogy.

There are other items in this month's newsletter, for which you'll just have to get a copy yourself if you want to see it.


This time next month is just a month away.  You don't have to wait that long to become a member, as it is never too late to join today.

Just send a check or money order for $10 (to receive a link to the PDF version in your emailbox) or $12 (for a hardcopy delivered to your mailbox via USPS) to the Harrison County Historical Society, P.O. Box 411, Cynthiana, KY 41031.  Past issues for the calendar year will be sent to you in the form for which you subscribed.

Applications to join can be found online at

Or go to www.HarrisonCountyKy.US/Harrison-Heritage-News/ and click on the link which says "Join the Society Today!"


The ink on page one has been arranged to look something like the following image ...


Do you have any ideas for a story, whether it be about a topic you would like to see or perhaps even write yourself?  There are always about a half-dozen blank pages each month which are just waiting to be filled.  Just speak up or write in with your ideas or suggestions.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The New Website of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum.


The Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum now has a website all to itself.  It is at

I have included a few screenshots of the site below..

It has always been true that there will always be lots to look at in the museum.  Now you can do it online.

It looks like you can also join up and get some stuff. Go to

for a membership application.

The website has pictures of displays and even a map in case you should get lost, which may spoil it for some. Isn't it always just a little exciting to get lost in a museum around closing time?!?  The thrill of getting locked in with all those dinosaurs and mummys and ... well ...  Actually, I don't think they have any of those on exhibit in Cynthiana, but it is worth your while to go and see what they may have dug up.

Just remember, all the bodies are still buried in the cemetery! Or at least that is where they should be ... except for maybe on Walking Dead Day!

The home page of

The exhibits page of

Even more to look at when visiting the museum
in person or at

P.S.  You can also see what is happening at the museum by visiting their Facebook page.