Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Old Confederate Home: Saturday, June 5 in Pewee Valley

Dear Friends,

Pewee Valley is one of my favorite places in Kentucky.

Just sixteen miles east of Louisville, Pewee Valley still appears much as it did at the start of the twentieth century: a quiet village of well-bred estate homes in the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles, unpretentious stone church buildings and polite residential lanes more suited for strolling than driving. The Kentucky Confederate Home operated there from 1902 to 1934.

The folks of Pewee Valley have designated Saturday, June 5 “Confederate Day”, and they’ve planned a full day of historical events to help mark publication of my book, “My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans”.

Co-sponsored by the City of Pewee Valley, the Pewee Valley Historical Society, University Press of Kentucky and others, the event includes a memorial service, uniformed reenactors, cannon fire, a craft sale, catered luncheon, tours of historic homes, a guided walking tour of the old Kentucky Confederate Home grounds, period costumes, a Louisville Dulcimer Society concert, homemade lemonade and more. (The city has arranged for a free shuttle bus service and remote parking.)

I’ll be speaking at the memorial service and signing books throughout the day. (The City of Pewee Valley has posted the day’s full schedule here:

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating publication of “My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans” (University Press of Kentucky, ISBN: 978-0-8131-2582-4) at Pewee Valley on Saturday, June 5.

Also, you may be interested in reading my article about the Kentucky Confederate Home in the latest issue of “Kentucky Humanities” magazine. If you can’t find it on the newsstand, you can download it here:

Though the official publication date for “My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans” is later this month, the book is currently available for pre-order from your favorite bookseller.

Rusty Williams

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