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Program 922

1. Pisgah Church
2. painter Martin Rollins
3. the Rogers Scholars
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Woodford County

For more information:
• Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 710 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, (859) 873-4161

Producer, videographer, editor: Brandon Wickey
Audio: Brent Abshear, Doug Collins, Gary Mosley


Worshipping in Woodford

Pisgah Church

You might say that this edition of Kentucky Life travels from Kentucky’s past to its present to its future. And we start with a church that’s actually a few years older than the state itself.

Founded by four devout families of pioneers in 1784, the Pisgah Church in Woodford County has been a center of worship, learning, and community life ever since. Named for the mountain from which, according to the Old Testament, Moses was first allowed to see the Promised Land (as are numerous other American churches and towns), it was one of the first Presbyterian churches west of the Alleghenies. Today it is one of the few rural frontier-era churches still serving an active congregation. The current building was erected in 1812; it took on a Gothic form in an extensive 1868 renovation.

Our guides on this visit include Margaret Shropshire and William Dunlap, both descendants of Pisgah founding families. The segment also includes film footage taken in 1934 at the church’s 150th-anniversary celebration.

Pisgah Church is located on Pisgah Pike, a stretch of KY 1967 that’s been officially designated a Kentucky Scenic Byway, off U.S. 60 between Lexington and Versailles. The area is one of the Bluegrass region’s most picturesque, with horse farms, stone fences, and an abundance of wildflowers and towering old trees. The Pisgah Church cemetery, a treasure for local genealogists, also holds the grave of former Kentucky governor A.B. “Happy” Chandler.

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Jefferson County

For more information:
• Crescent Moon Studio, (502) 893-7423

Producer, editor: Gary Pahler
Videographer: Mike Blackburn


Street Scenes

Painter Martin Rollins

Moving from history to the contemporary, we visit the studio of Louisville painter Martin Rollins. A University of Louisville alum, Martin has stuck close to home both in geography and in subject matter. Much of his current work depicts urban and suburban streets and park scenes from around Louisville. Rendered mostly in pastel oils, these paintings have a hushed, contemplative feel and are noteworthy for their expressive use of color.

Martin also is an art educator. Holder of a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati, he is associate curator of school programs at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville. He also teaches classes for adults at the Crescent Moon Studio within Louisville’s Clifton Center.

Several examples of Martin’s work can be seen online courtesy of Louisville’s B. Deemer Gallery.

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Pulaski County

For more information:
Rogers Scholars Program, Center for Rural Development, 2292 S. Highway 27, Suite 300, Somerset, KY 42501, (606) 677-6000

Producer, videographer, editor: Ernie Lee Martin


Wired for Success

Rogers Scholars

Finally, representing the future of Kentucky are some participants in the Rogers Scholars Program. This intensive one-week summer session for students between their sophomore and junior years of high school teaches technology skills like computer networking and web site creation while emphasizing communication skills and the spirit of community service.

Headquartered at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, the Rogers Scholars Program is named for U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who was instrumental in the creation of the center. Each year’s session is attended by outstanding students from throughout Eastern and Southern Kentucky—Adair, Bell, Breathitt, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe counties.

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