Kentucky Proud Evenings, a series of monthly author talks. These events will occur at 6:00pm at the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington. Plate it Up! Kentucky Proud food samples will be available for those attending. Reserve your spot at a talk by calling the Fayette County Extension Office (859-257-5582). Copies of the book being discussed will be available for sale at the events.

This events will be a great opportunity to learn more about the amazing works that will be discussed while attendees enjoy the wonderful local food samples that will be provided. No preparation, reading ahead, or money is required to discover more about the many and various topics covered in these books and talks, only curiosity and the desire to go. These monthly author talks are a fun and enriching way to spend an evening that you will not want to miss.


Tuesday, February 19: Terry Foody, The Cherokee and the Newsman: Kinsmen in Words
In 1828, as part of a Cherokee Delegation to Washington City, Sequoyah stopped in Kentucky to search for his father, Nathaniel Gist. There he met his 4 year old half-nephew, Henry Howard Gratz, foreshadowing a literacy bond between them. Sequoyah, through his syllabary, gave the first written language to an indigenous American tribe. For his part, Gratz published editorials and news for 37 years from Reconstruction through the Gilded Age.

The stories of these two men linked by blood, span 7 states, 3 centuries and 4 wars. Sequoyah, Gratz and their famous relatives were on the forefront of American history, interacting with Washington, Jackson and Lincoln.