Kentucky State Historian Dr. James Klotter will speak on “Kentucky, the Civil War and the Spirit of Henry Clay” on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Eastern Kentucky University.

His talk, at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Student Success Building, is part of the University’s year-long observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The event is free and open to the public.

“Shadows of Blue and Gray: The Civil War in Kentucky” will feature numerous lectures, as well as an art exhibit, an Oxford-style debate, colloquium, concert, special displays and specially tailored academic courses throughout the academic year.

Klotter, professor of history at Georgetown College, is the author or coauthor of numerous works, including “The Breckinridges of Kentucky” and “A New History of Kentucky.” His monograph on Henry Clay as compromiser is forthcoming.

The native Kentuckian holds a doctoral degree in history from the University of Kentucky and honorary degrees from EKU and Union College. He served as executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society for many years and as associate editor of the Kentucky Encyclopedia.

In his talk at Eastern, Klotter will look at the pivotal early months of the Civil War and examine how the commonwealth acted and reacted.

To learn more about EKU’s Civil War sesquicentennial observance, visit www.eku.edu/news/sesquicentennial or contact Dr. Tom Appleton at 622-1365 or tom.appleton@eku.edu.

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