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Lecturer Maryjean Wall will discuss how the Bluegrass region of Kentucky has evolved into the horse capital of the world Thursday, Nov. 11 with a presentation titled Changing Perceptions: Turning Kentucky Into Horse Country.
Wall will explain how violence and lawlessness plagued Kentucky after the Civil War, dissuading wealthy capitalists of the Northeast from bringing their race horse-breeding operations to Kentucky, according to a news release.
Bluegrass breeders did not find a way to persuade these wealthy men to buy horse farms in central Kentucky until the generation after the war. It was then that Kentucky’s identity changed from a border state to a southern state.
Wall’s talk will reveal how this turn occurred in the national imagination and how it sent the wealthy Northeastern men into denial over the lawless culture of Kentucky, bringing them to the Bluegrass, re-centering horse country.
The presentation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the library at Ward Elementary School, and is sponsored by the Lawrenceburg Woman’s Club and Anderson County Humanities Council.
Admission is free.