Humanities events to discuss Rosemary Clooney, Civil War

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By The Staff

The Kentucky Humanities Program announces two more program to be held on the second Thursday of March and April, according to a news release.
All programs are free and held from 7-8 p.m., with the public invited to attend.
The Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua program will present “Rosemary Clooney-A Sentimental Journey” on March 13 at the Anderson Senior Center, event organizers said.
Clooney will be portrayed by Bet Stewart, Artistic Director for Intuition Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“What makes Rosemary Clooney’s life so fascinating, so charmed and charged with intrigue and great challenge?” event organizers asked in the release. “First and foremost, it is the sheer power of her talent, her girl-next-girl appeal, her love of music, art and drama, and her love for her home state of Kentucky. But behind this small-town-girl- rises-to-fame story is also one of extraordinary perseverance and dedication. A story that teaches that it is possible to overcome the worst to become the best.”
The Humanities Council will also be offering the program “Between North and South: Kentucky Horses and the Civil War” on April 10 at the Anderson Public Library.
“Between North and South: Kentucky Horses and the Civil War” will be presented by Mary Jean Wall, Kentucky author.  
“Abraham Lincoln said, ‘I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky.’ Many others engaged in the Civil War felt the same way about Kentucky horses. Soldiers, guerrillas, and outlaws prized Kentucky horses for their speed, endurance, and agility in battle,” event organizers said. “They raided Bluegrass farms with impunity and on one occasion, rode off with arguably the best racehorses in America.
“This talk covers a wide range of matters ‘equine’ relating to Kentucky Thoroughbreds, trotters, and saddlers during the war and the Bluegrass farms they came from. The talk also covers racing which took place in Kentucky and in the North during the war years and how the horse auctions in Kentucky were negatively affected by the war.”