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Kentucky Historical Society launches “Kentucky Ancestors” television program

Kentucky Historical Society

Every family has at least one mystery—an intriguing person, a possible connection to someone famous, or maybe even someone infamous.

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is excited to launch a new show, Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall, set to premiere on the state’s major television markets featuring host Renee Shaw. The premiere episode airs in February and will tell Kentucky’s story, one family at a time.

A program centered on genealogy discovery, Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall digs into the roots of Kentucky’s family tree to answer big questions that have eluded families for generations.  By making connections between family folklore and the existing historical record, the KHS team investigates a series of mysteries rooted in Kentucky genealogy and reveals the findings in a live presentation.  From the Civil War and abolition to serial killers and medical malpractice, Shaw reveals the results of the KHS research team with each family, often with a few surprises along the way.

“By delving into these compelling family histories and then sharing our findings, we hope to inspire others to trace their roots,” said Cheri Daniels, Head of Library and Archives at KHS. “These cases offer invaluable teaching moments that give people new tips and techniques for solving their own family mysteries.  They also tell some of Kentucky’s most rich and fascinating stories, and those moments can be really exciting and sometimes very emotional.”

The series has five-episodes airing from February-June 2021. Season premiere dates and times are listed as follows:

February 20

7:00 p.m. EST              

WTVQ-TV ABC Lexington

February 24

9:30 a.m. EST              

WHAS-TV ABC Louisville

February 25

9:30 p.m. EST

WLJC-TV IND Eastern Kentucky

For more information, visit http://history.ky.gov

The Kentucky History Center & Museums (100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601) is operated by the staff and volunteers of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), an agency in Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet.

KHC&M comprises three sites in historic downtown Frankfort:  the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, housing KHS’s headquarters, signature museum and exhibits, a research facility, museum store, classrooms, collections, and archival storage, and public events spaces; the Old State Capitol; and the State Arsenal, home of the Kentucky Military History Museum.

(provided by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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