Reservations due by Sept. 7

The Murray State University department of history will host the 12th annual James W. Hammack Jr. Scholarship Banquet at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in MSU’s Curris Center Ballroom. The banquet is held each year to honor the memory of Hammack, who served on the history department faculty at Murray State for over 30 years and spent 10 of those as chair of the department.

Hammack was a pioneer in the field of oral history and the author of Kentucky and the Second American Revolution: The War of 1812.  Proceeds from the banquet go toward endowment of the James W. Hammack Jr. Scholarship Fund, which supports history graduate education at Murray State.

Dr. Duane Bolin, professor of history at MSU, will deliver the banquet’s keynote address, “The Woman Who Helped Blind Children See: Linda Neville and the Struggle to Eliminate Blindness in Kentucky.”

Bolin earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Kentucky in 1988. He is the author of Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky 1880-1940, which was published by the University of Kentucky Press in 2000. Bolin’s Kentucky Baptists, 1925-2000: A Study of Cooperation was published in the same year by the Southern Baptist History Society and Fields Publishing.

Bolin is working on a biography of legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolf Rupp, a history of Belmont University and a study of political bosses in Kentucky.

Bossism and Reform in a Southern City and Kentucky Baptists will be for sale at the banquet. A book signing will be held after the event.

Reservations for the dinner are $40 per person and should be made by Sept. 7 by calling Kay Hays in the MSU department of history at270.809.2234. Reservations may also be made by email at

Tax-deductible contributions to the Hammack Scholarship are also welcome. For questions about the banquet or contributing to the scholarship fund, call the department of history at 270.809.2231.

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