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NKY Regional History Day Spotlights Haunted Covington Mansion, Linden Grove Cemetery

The 21st annual Northern Kentucky Regional History Day will feature a broad range of topics ranging from the Civil War to Northern Kentucky ghost stories and just about everything in between.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Northern Kentucky University Votruba Student Union.

“Northern Kentucky Regional History Day is a celebration of the rich history of our region,” said Dr. Andrea Watkins, who coordinates the event. “This year’s topics are designed to educate, assist, and entertain those seeking to better understand our collective past, whether they are genealogists, archivists, or just history buffs.”  

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with registration in the first floor of the Student Union. The area will include various tables with information and artifacts from area historical organizations, museums, and publishers. Light refreshments will be served at registration. This material will be on display until 2 p.m., when door prize winners will be announced.

At 10 a.m., Jeannine Kreinbrink, president of K&V Cultural Resources and NKU lecturer, will deliver the opening presentation, titled “Fort Ancient and Native Americans in Northern Kentucky.” Kreinbrink will offer a survey of the final prehistoric occupation of Northern Kentucky by the Fort Ancient period Indians. Her presentation will include a review of recent investigations in Petersburg and an overview of Native American habitation in Northern Kentucky. This opening presentation will take place in the University Center Otto Budig Theater.

The day will then consist of two 45-minute workshop sessions in rooms throughout the Student Union.

Workshop Session 1: 11:15 a.m. – noon

  • Daniel Boone: The Journey Home (SU 109), by William T. Stolz -- Learn about the last 20 years of Boone’s life and the controversy surrounding his body’s return to Kentucky in 1845.
  • Some Uncommon Genealogical Tools: The Case of Winona Hawthorne (SU 108), by Greg Hand -- An overview of the exciting life (and interesting research) of Winona Lee Hawthorne, the first woman graduate from the University of Cincinnati.
  • Contagious Effects of Change to Linden Grove’s Neighborhood (SU 107B), by Peter Nerone -- A look at how political, geographical, and social changes affected the use and governance of Linden Grove Cemetery.
  • The Origin and History of the Underground Railroad in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati (SU 107C), by Eric Jackson -- An exploration with images of what many call the first multicultural, multi-class, human rights movement in U.S. history.
  • Genealogical Research in Hamilton County, Ohio (SU 106), by Hamilton County Genealogical Society
  • Turning Points in Early American History (SU 105), by Burke Miller -- A discussion of the five key turning points in the history of what would become the United States. Northern Kentucky Social Studies Advisory Council Workshop.

Workshop Session 2: 12:15-1 p.m.

  • Torn Between North and South: The Civil War in Kentucky (SU 107C), by Don Rightmyer -- The Civil War within the borders of Kentucky.
  • Sharing Your Collections: Developing Exhibits (SU 109), by Lois Hamill -- A how-to on developing an archival exhibit for your historical materials.
  • Ghost Stories of Northern Kentucky (SU 107B), by Karl Lietzenmayer -- Explore the real stories behind the myths, including Covington’s most famous ghost, the grey lady of the Carneal House.
  • Avoiding Potholes on the Road to Genealogical Discoveries (SU 108), by Elaine Kuhn -- Learn how to recognize and steer clear of some common pitfalls genealogists encounter in research.
  • Using Wills and Deeds to Teach About Slavery and the Underground Railroad (SU 106), by Denise Dallmer -- Using materials from the Mason County Courthouse in Maysville, explore how such untapped resources can reveal the past in exciting ways. Northern Kentucky Social Studies Advisory Council Workshop.

The cost to attend Northern Kentucky Regional History Day is $6 per person in advance, $8 per person at the door. NKU faculty, staff and students can attend free by showing their NKU ID. Parking for the event is in the Kenton Drive Parking Garage; participants will receive a parking voucher when they register. See the campus map and follow the History Day signs.

The event is sponsored by the NKU Department of History and Geography, the historical societies and heritage groups of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Owen, Pendleton, and Robertson counties.

For more information, visit Anyone with questions about the event can contact John Boh at (859) 491-0490.

From Northern Kentucky University

Photo: Covington's Carneal House/via Kenton Co. Library Faces & Places