The Murray State University department of history is sponsoring the 10th annual Dr. James W. Hammack Jr. Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom on campus.

This year, associate professor of history from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Dr. Karen L. Cox will deliver the keynote speech on her book, “Dixie Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture.” The book won the 2004 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize from the Southern Association for Women’s Historians for the Best Book in Southern Women’s History.

Cox is also the author of “Dreaming of Dixie: How the South was Created in Popular Culture.” After the banquet, both books will be on sale and Cox will be available to sign them.

The banquet is held each year to honor the memory of Dr. James W. Hammack, who served on the history department faculty for over 30 years and spent 10 of those as chair of the department.

Hammack is also noted in the field of oral history and as the author of “Kentucky and the Second American Revolution: The War of 1812,” which remains the standard on the subject.

Proceeds from the banquet fund the Dr. James W. Hammack Jr. Scholarship, which supports a graduate student of MSU. For more information on the banquet or contributing to the scholarship fund, call Kay Hays at (270) 809-2234 or email kay.hays@murraystate.edu.

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