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Pine Mountain State Resort Park to host The Lincolns, Slavery and Opening of the West symposium April 17-18

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 01, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A keynote address on Blacks in Appalachia and a tour through Wilderness Road State Park, Cumberland Gap National Park and the Lincoln Memorial University Museum in Harrogate, Tennessee, will highlight a two-day program April 17-18 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park focusing on The Lincolns, Slavery and Opening of the West.

This symposium is the second in a series exploring Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky African Americans and the Constitution, presented through a grant from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  Series sponsors are the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office, Kentucky Historical Society, Georgetown College Underground Railroad Research Institute, Kentucky State Parks, Lincoln Memorial University, and Friends of the Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Association.

The tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 17, followed that evening by music and entertainment.  The educational program begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18 and will include the keynote presented by Dr. William H. Turner, National Endowment for the Humanities Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College.  Panel discussions will explore The Lincolns and Kentucky’s “First Citizens,” The Traveling Church, Kentucky’s Spirit of Development and The Lincolns and the Kentucky Frontier.  Activities will also include a session on how to preserve the past through oral histories, presented by staff of the Kentucky Historical Society.

The symposium is free with a room reservation, which also includes accommodations for dinner Friday and breakfast and lunch Saturday.  Cost of the tour is $10.  Students may attend free, excluding meals.  For more information contact Tressa Brown at the Kentucky Heritage Council,, or 502-564-7005, ext. 125.  For room reservations, contact Pine Mountain State Resort Park at 606-337-3066 or toll-free 1-800-325-1712, or visit

Remaining symposia in the series will be:

Kentucky, African Americans and the Constitution, June 12-13, Opera House Theatre, Maysville

Kentucky, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War, September 17-18, Western Kentucky (location TBD)

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.



Last Updated 4/1/2009