150 Years at the University of Kentucky

Maxwell Place - Home of the University of Kentucky President. Author's collection.
This week, the University of Kentucky is celebrating Founders Week. The annual occasion is more significant in this year which is the University's sesquicentennial.

In 1865, James K. Patterson assumed a professorship at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. At that time, and through 1878, the college was a part of the larger Kentucky University.

Kentucky University, like many institutions of higher learning of the day, was founded in affiliation with a religious organization. Its College of the Bible evolved into a significant seminary for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 1878, theological differences caused the two schools to separate.

Kentucky University retained the campus in the Woodlands, but leased it to the State A&M College. The Woodlands campus was to the immediate west of Clay Avenue and would today be recognized as Woodland Park. The cost of renting its campus, along with plummeting tuition numbers, sparked great concern in Frankfort for the face of the Commonwealth’s only public college. This was a big moment for the future of both Lexington and for what would become the University of Kentucky.

A Snow Covered Nicholasville

The Jessamine County Courthouse in Nicholasville, Ky.

In the height of last week's snow, I set out on a walk from my house through downtown Nicholasville. I was well bundled, stayed quite warm, and had fun seeing this town covered in a thick layer of beautiful white snow. I saw a few others out and about, but it was by and large a quiet affair.

By my measurements at home, we received a full 12" of snow in Nicholasville. An additional 2.75" had fallen on the ground by Tuesday morning. Although the students in Lexington are headed back to class today, Jessamine County schools will be closed for the 6th consecutive school day.

In a twist of irony, Nicholasville Elementary's winter production is entitled "The Big Chill." 
No kidding.

Lost Lexington Events Next Week

Mark Your Calendars!!

On February 26, 2015, there are two awesome and exciting Lost Lexington events on tap so mark your calendars!

Good Day Kentucky

Be sure to tune into ABC 36's Good Day Kentucky on February 26 from 9am to 10 am. There will be a short 2-3 minute segment on Lost Lexington. Don't miss it!

Lexington Public Library

In the evening, I'll be discussing Lost Lexington in the Farish Theater at the Lexington Public Library's Central Branch. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be in the Farish Theater or upstairs in the 3rd floor Kentucky Room signing books until 8:00 p.m. Books will be available for sale, or you may bring your own copy. RSVP not required, but you can do so on the event's Facebook page!
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