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Program 905

1. artist Stephanie Townsend
2. the Emma Reno Connor Black History Gallery
3. Kinniconick Creek
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Warren County

For more information:
• Stephanie Townsend, (270) 782-8080

Producer: Jennifer Belcher
Videographers: David Brinkley, Chris Mueller, Phillip White, Jennifer Belcher


Windows on the World

Artist Stephanie Townsend

When Stephanie Townsend sits and gazes out the window, she can honestly say she’s not goofing off. It’s how this Bowling Green artist finds her inspiration.

Stephanie paints landscapes as seen through windows. In fact, some of her canvases incorporate actual window panes for the framing effect. But the final product is not necessarily a representation of an actual scene. Through imagination and the use of bright, vivid colors, the artist turns real-world scenes into dreamscapes. On this studio visit, she shows some of the transformative process.

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Hardin County

For more information:
Emma Reno Connor Black History Gallery, 602 Hawkins Drive, Elizabethtown, KY 42701, (270) 769-5204 or (270) 765-7653

Producer: Joy Flynn
Videographer: Amelia Cutadean
Audio: Charlie Bissell
Editor: Dan Taulbee


A Teacher’s Legacy

Emma Reno Connor Black History Gallery

As an African-American schoolteacher, Emma Reno Connor was dismayed at the lack of textbook material about the lives and accomplishments of black Americans. So she began collecting newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, biographies, calendars, and anything else she could find on the subject in print.

That private collection, gathered for use in classrooms, is now the Emma Reno Connor Black History Gallery in Elizabethtown. Run by her family since Connor’s death, the gallery serves a wider audience while remaining faithful to her original purposes: to preserve and share the heritage of black America and to inspire young African Americans through the achievements of others.

The gallery is located in Emma’s childhood home and is divided into five thematic sections, from arts and entertainment to sports and military. In addition to material on such prominent national figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Josephine Baker, and Louis Armstrong, it includes a section devoted to black Kentuckians. It is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm ET and at other times by appointment.

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Lewis County

For more information:
• Kinniconick Lodge, (606) 796-3189
Kinniconick Creek: A Natural and Historic Treasure of Lewis County is a 1998 essay by Dr. William M. Talley, originally published in two parts in the Lewis County Herald, that mixes descriptions of the Kinney’s entire 99-mile length with a wealth of local history.

Producer, editor: Marsha Hellard
Videographer: John Breslin
Audio: Charlie Bissell


The Long and Winding Stream

Kinniconick Creek

Lewis County lore has it that Kinniconick Creek is 99 miles long—one mile short of achieving “river” status. Its meandering course is contained entirely within the 484 scenic square miles of this hilly and largely rural northeastern Kentucky county. The creek has long been a draw for water lovers of all kinds: Depending on which stretch you first encounter, you may associate “the Kinney” (as it is usually known for short) with muskie fishing, whitewater adventuring, or peaceful drifting.

For this visit, host Dave Shuffett travels largely by canoe to sample a little bit of the variety of scenery along the Kinney. In the company of Dr. Herbert Bertram, he also learns much about the place of the creek in Lewis County history and in the hearts of its people.

One stop along the way is the Kinniconick Lodge, seen in the postcard at right. The hotel was built in the 1850s at the town of Kinniconick and was a popular resort for hunters and fishers until the early 20th century. Refurbished in the 1960s, it is now operating under the ownership of Sam McEldowney, who shares some of the hotel’s history with Dave over coffee.

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