September 11, 2014

​On September 11th, the Historical Society of Hopkins County will have their annual picnic. It will be at the historic Porter home just west of Manitou on 41A beginning at 5p.m. Meat and drinks are provided by the Society. Attending members should bring a vegetable dish, a salad, or a dessert. Tommy and Kathleen will give us a tour of their home and we’ll learn a lot of history, and see some treasures. This meeting is members only. If you have not joined yet, there is still time. Print the form on separate link on this site and mail in with dues or drop by and take it!


August 14 Program Features Karen Willis as Lizzie Borden

Karen Willis Lizzie

The regular monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Hopkins County will be Thursday August 14, 2014, at 6:30 pm at the Museum, 107 Union Street, Madisonville, KY 42431.

Featured speaker for the program, which follows a brief business meeting, is Muhlenberg County’s ArtsLady – Karen Willis portraying Lizzie Borden with history and a little drama. Mrs. Willis is a well known actress and theatre director in this region and the program is sure to be fascinating.

Meetings and programs are open to the public, you do not have to be a member, but we do hope you will consider joining when you enjoy the museum and its programs.

Friday Aug 8 Open House and 40th Anniversary celebration

Although Friday Night Live downtown event was moved to the fairgrounds because of forecasted weather, Historical Society continued with their third summer Open House.
New and restored portraits of County Historians Harold Ledbetter, Harold Utley and Carl Veazey were presented. Guests were treated to video display, museum and cabin tours and refreshments. Randy video Glema Mahr

July 10 featured Jenny Larmouth

Regular 2nd Thursday meeting at 107 Union St, the speaker  Jenny Larmouth Larmouth program shared memorabilia from her aunt Garelyne Sights.

Friday in conjunction with Friday Night Live, Society gave tours of the Laffoon cabin and hosted a Centennial WWI display by Mark Masterson
mastersons randy 2014

June 12 meeting 6:30 at Museum

Ann Gipson will be the featured speaker on the history of Earlington School

June 7 Pennyroyal Garden tour

Tours at 9 am – 1 pm Event features several home gardens on Union St and East Broadway and two in Anton.



May 8 Meeting at The Depot 6 pm

Speaker Sid Easley of Murray will talk about his book A Courthouse Tragedy- Politics, Murder and Redemption in a Small Town. Programs are open to the public. -

Open House success

Attended by 100 visitors and several volunteers, the Open House showcased new TV and video equipment in Carl Veazey’s presentations.

The HSHC would like to thank Richard Frymire, Bill Corum, and Dave Litchfield for their specified donations in helping the Historical Society of Hopkins County obtain a 50″ TV and Blue-Ray player to use in meeting functions and in the Library to showcase our growing historical videos about Hopkins County. Their contributions enhance our ability to achieve our goal of sharing Hopkins County’s history. Thank you gentlemen so much for your donations. Photo provided by Gina Munger


March 13 meeting Steve Ray speaker

Thursday March 13, 2014 starting 6:00 pm at The Depot, Historical Society meeting will feature Steve Ray who will present The Kennedy Assasination: The Cars, The Caskets, and the Funeral directors.
Regular meetings are second Thursday of each month and due to a consistent large attendance have been moved from the museum to the Depot on West Arch St for plenty of seating. Come and bring a friend. Meetings and programs are open to the public.
April program will Feature Bill Corum and the construction of Highway 62. And coming soon will be programs by Sid Easley, Ann Gipson and Virginia Larmouth.


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