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Oldham County History Center
to offer dinner series lectures

Wildlife specialist Barnes
to open lecture series

Staff Report

(April 2011) – The Oldham County History Center presents its 2011 Dinner Lecture Series, sponsored by Irish Rover, Too, Theiss Home Furnishings and the Carl Clore Foundation. The series began in February and continues in April at the Irish Rover, Too.
On April 13, Dr. Thomas Barnes will present “Wildflowers – Realities and Myths.” Barnes is part of the Kentucky Humanities Council lecture series. Barnes, 53, is a statewide authority and author on Kentucky’s native flowers. He typically gives around 50 or more presentations a year to a wide variety of audiences.



Barnes has been a wildlife specialist for the last 23 years, lecturing, researching and mentoring others about some of his favorite topics.
“The most fascinating thing (about Kentucky’s wildflowers and wildlife) is the incredible diversity of plants and animals found in the state and the various habitats in which they occur,” said Barnes, who is originally from South Dakota.
Barnes is Extension Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist for the Department of Forestry for the University of Kentucky, where he has served on the faculty for 20 years.
Although he teaches occasionally, his career mainly focuses on supporting county extension agents in the area of programming and conducting general programming in the area of wildlife and environmental conservation. In addition to research, Barnes has mentored approximately a dozen graduate students in their work on restoring native grasslands with herbicides.
Barnes received his doctorate in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude from Huron College in South Dakota.
Cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members for Barnes’ lecture. Following are the other History Center-sponsored lecture series events for the year:
• June 8: “Lift Evr’y Voice and Sing” with Daryl Harris, part of the Kentucky Humanities Council lecture series. The Northern Kentucky University professor will speak on African American spirituals as avenues for the civil rights movement. This is part of the Oldham County History Center’s Juneteenth Celebration. Cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.
• Sept. 14: “A-dolph Rupp: The Coach” portrayed by Kentucky Human-ities Council Chau-tauqua actor Dr. Edward B. Smith. This is a repeat performance by Smith at the History Center due to popular demand. Smith becomes Rupp in this unforgettable evening. Cost is $15 members and $18 for non-members.
• Oct. 12: “Henry Clay: Kentucky’s Great Statesman” portrayed by Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua actor George McGee. This performance is the most popular character in the humanities council series. Cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.
• Nov. 9: “Re-gift those special treasures” with appraiser Mike Brown. Appraise some of those “old items” you were going to throw out. Limit of one item per person. Cost is $20 for members and $23 for non-members (includes cost of appraised item).
Reservations are required with discounts for history center members. All events take place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For registration contact the Oldham County History Center, 106 N. Second Ave., La Grange, Ky. at (502) 222-0826.

• Helen McKinney contributed to this report.

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