Northern Kentucky History Day Comes to Boone County

Northern Kentucky History Day will be Saturday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Boone County Public Library, Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington.

Over the past 24 years, Northern Kentucky History Day has become a touch point for historians, educators, researchers and the interested public to come together to celebrate the vibrant and diverse history of Northern Kentucky. From tragic events to the Civil War to life in our Northern Kentucky communities, Northern Kentucky History Day embraces the essence of Public History: historical research by community members about the community, for the community. BCPL is privileged to have the opportunity to host this year’s event on Saturday, March 25, from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Main Library.

Dr. Paul A. Tenkotte will deliver the Keynote address: Cradle of the Arts: Mother of God Church based on his brand new publication of the same title at 9 a.m. The book celebrates the stunning architecture and 175 year history of the iconic Catholic Church established by German immigrants to Covington, Kentucky. To embrace the multi-cultural tourism in Covington, Cradle of the Arts is written in four languages: English, Chinese, German, and Spanish. This remarkable resource will be available for purchase for $20 at the event.

After the Keynote, visit the vendor tables from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. With over 35 local NKY genealogy, history and preservation organizations represented from across the region, there will be something of interest to everyone.

Schedule for the Day:


8:00-9:00 a.m. — REGISTRATION

Cradle of the Arts: Mother of God Church by Paul A. Tenkotte, Ph.D., Professor of
History and Director of the Center for Public History at NKU (ROOMS A,B,C)

9:45-10:30 a.m. — DISPLAYS OPEN

10:30-11:30 a.m. — WORKSHOP SESSION ONE
A. The Beverly Hills Supper Club: The Untold Story Behind Kentucky’s Worst Tragedy by Robert Webster: This May marks the 40th anniversary of the horrific fire in Southgate, Kentucky. Bob will cover the history of the club from its roots as the region’s largest illegal mob-owned gambling facility to the May 28, 1977 fire and its investigation. Second Floor, Room A

B. Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County by Bill Penn: Based on his book, this presentation will provide an impressively detailed account of the military action that took place in this Kentucky region during the Civil War. Penn draws on dozens of period newspapers, as well as personal journals, memoirs, and correspondence from citizens, slaves, soldiers, and witnesses to provide a vivid account of the war’s impact on the region. Second Floor, Room B

C. Gold Star Mothers: Pilgrimage of Remembrance by John Graham: From 1930 to 1933, the US Government transported more than 6,000 mothers and widows of WWI soldiers over to Europe to visit their graves. These women were the first generation of Gold Star Mothers, and their trips are best remembered as Pilgrimages. Hear the stories of these remarkable women, as well as find research tips on your own Gold Star ancestors. Second Floor, Room C

D. Freedom Seekers – Researching the Underground Railroad and the Abolition Movement in Campbell County, Kentucky by Dr. Eric Jackson & Shirlene L. Jensen: James Taylor, Jr., who was one of the wealthiest persons in Campbell County, freed his group of enslaved African Americans upon his death in 1848. Many of these enslaved persons remained and worked on land that Taylor owned for several decades after they were freed, while other freed African Americans moved around the county and ultimately developed their own community and supported their own schools. This presentation highlights the various techniques that can be employed to document the experience, history, and legacy of African Americans in this old and very important Kentucky county. Second Floor, Conference Room

E. Community is Our Business: Ft. Thomas’ 150th Anniversary by Debbie
Buckley: The City of Fort Thomas is celebrating her 150th birthday in 2017. Her history is honored in our museum on a daily basis, but never more so than this year. We will be going beyond our borders with a 150 year timeline on the walls of the Fort Thomas Community Center, family presentations, the use of technology telling our story throughout the city, house tours, and walking tours. First Floor

F. Children in Need: Orphanages in Campbell and Kenton Counties by Dave Schroeder: Orphanages and Children’s Homes played a key role in the social fabric of Campbell and Kenton Counties. These institutions cared for many children, some who had lost their parents and others who had been abandoned. Most developed as religious institutions and were part of a greater nationwide progressive movement. Many of these institutions still exist today. The program will also discuss the availability of information on the children who once resided in these institutions. Second Floor, Room A

G. King Cholera in Covington, Kentucky 1832-1873 by Arnold Taylor: An examination of the three cholera epidemics that affected Covington in the nineteenth century. Second Floor, Room B

H. Researching Kentucky Records by Don Rightmyer: Comprehensive discussion of various Kentucky genealogical records and resources. Second Floor, Room C

I. The Underground Railroad in Boone County’s Borderland by Hillary Delaney:
Learn the unusual story of freed Boone County slaves and their former owner who, together, risked life and limb to help others obtain freedom from bondage in the Boone County Borderlands. Room: Conference Room

J. “To Be Once More Free & Enjoy a Quiet Mind”: James Dinsmore, Society and Culture in Boone County, 1842-1872 by Cathy Collopy: Ms. Collopy discusses the reasons for Dinsmore’s move to Kentucky and will argue that his decision, which was a step back economically from his Louisiana plantation, satisfied his cultural yearnings. First Floor


The doors open at 8 a.m. and cost for the day is $8 pre-registered or $10  at the door. Make checks payable to Northern Kentucky History Day.

Pre-registrations may be sent to:
Northern Kentucky History Day
c/o Kenton County Historical
Society, PO Box 641
Covington, KY 41012.

Questions? Call 859-342-2665, x8134. Need directions?

Tom Geimeier on the Library: Genealogy Resources and Local History

Tom Geimeier picWhile Burlington resident Tom Geimeier boasts that he has been a Boone County Public Library patron for many years, he takes real enjoyment in talking about the Local History Department and how it has grown over the years to become an invaluable resource.  “The Local History Department has staff who are trained and always willing to help you. Other libraries may show you how to use their microfilm machine or other equipment, but then they leave you on your own.  At Boone County, staff members make sure you get the help you need.”

Tom also appreciates the scope of the library’s collection of local and state genealogy resources.  “I think I’ve looked through pretty much all the books in Local History over the years.  I’m always keeping my eye out for when new books hit the shelf.  There may be some Boone County history in there I didn’t know about.”

Tom worked in the field of education as a teacher and administrator for 39 years before retiring. In 1987 he received The Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2000 was named the Kentucky Middle School Administrator of the Year.  Retiring however, did not slow Tom down. He is an active member of American Legion Post 4 in Florence, Hebron Masonic Lodge 757 and the Simon Kenton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Just recently, Tom and other SAR compatriots who belong to the Col. Daniel Boone Color Guard were at Blue Licks State Park to help commemorate the battle that was fought there on August 19, 1782 in which almost 70 Kentuckians lost their lives. Tom has served as National Trustee for SAR, State President of SAR, and President of Simon Kenton Chapter of SAR among the many leadership positions he has held.

Tom also appreciates the library’s dedication to serving the community.  “I work with the library to take books no longer usable by the library to VA Hospitals and Medical Centers across the region.” Along with reading materials, Tom and his SAR chapter collect and deliver personal hygiene items, clothes and even appliances to veterans in need.

As if all of these activities weren’t enough to keep Tom busy, he recently published The Second Fifty: Your Roadmap to Fitness and Healthy Aging. Long-time friend Jerry Auton was a contributor to the book.  Health and overall well-being are a passion for Tom and Jerry, and they wanted to share what they have learned with others who are interested in improving their quality of life.


Robin Edwards is a Local History Associate at Boone County Public Library. Her passion for history and genealogy carries over to her involvement with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) where she is the current registrar for the Boone County chapter. This summer she was able to attend NSDAR’s Continental Congress in Washington D.C where thousands of women from DAR chapters across the country gathered for the yearly business meeting. Robin has a BA in Middle School Education from NKU.