A Woman with Pull: Early in the 1900s, the crack of shotguns could be heard around the Bowling Green home of George and Anna Hobson. Used for storing Confederate munitions during the Civil War, the property (now known as Riverview at Hobson Grove) was home to a trapshooting operation, and its star was the Hobsons’ young daughter, George Anna.
McGuffey Readers on Exhibit: The Kentucky Library Research Collections has a display featuring early children’s readers. William Holmes McGuffey (1800-1873) was a U.S. educator who is best remembered for his series of elementary school reading books called McGuffey Readers. Experts estimate that at least 120 million McGuffey Readers were sold between the years of 1836 and 1960.
New Collection Documents Hopkinsville Asylum: The Department of Library Special Collections recently purchased a rare collection (Small Collection 3093) of documents related to the operation of the Western Lunatic Asylum (now Western State Hospital) in the mid- to late-19th century. The 65 items in the grouping includes contracts for food, coal and linens, as well as contracts for building projects, inventories, and several fascinating documents related to a devastating 1860 fire.
In Our Time: The inaugural issue of Time on March 3, 1923, introduced Americans to a weekly tradition of news-reading that continues to this day. At home on State Street in Bowling Green, Martha Potter warmed to the magazine’s format and content. “I am taking a new periodical ‘Time,’ she wrote her children in 1925, “which comes every week and which I like because it gives the news in short paragraphs, and is a very thin little volume which I can read in a short time.” She even suspected she could “get some valuable pointers from it” for her letters, which often ran to excessive length. In 1939, however, Martha was not so enthused when she wrote to Time complaining about some “cuss words” in letters to its editor.