Kentucky Sesquicentennial Commission papers, 1924-1943, 1940-1942 (bulk dates)

Descriptive Summary

Title
Kentucky Sesquicentennial Commission papers, 1924-1943, 1940-1942 (bulk dates)
Creator
Kentucky. Sesquicentennial Commission.
Extent
2.2 cubic ft. (ca. 3500 pieces)
Subjects
Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946.
Kentucky.--Sesquicentennial Commission.
Kentucky--History.
Kentucky--Social life and customs.
Clippings.
Minutes.
Pamphlets.
Photoprints
Arrangement
Arrangement is chronological, with undated at the end.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Kentucky General Assembly established the Kentucky Sesquicentennial Commission in 1938 to prepare for the 150th anniversary of Kentucky's statehood, which was to occur in 1942. Public funds were not appropriated for the purpose. Governor Keen Johnson appointed the members of the commission in 1940, and Samuel M. Wilson was appointed chairman. The commission, in conjunction with local committees, planned pageants, parades, poetry contests and other events to celebrate the anniversary.
Scope and Content
This collection contains papers relating to the work of the Kentucky Sesquicentennial Commission. The bulk of the collection consists of the correspondence of Samuel M. Wilson concerning the commission's activities. Also included are minutes of Commission meetings, financial records, clippings and pamphlets about local celebrations, and photographs of historical reenactments which were staged around the state in 1942.

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