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Bonnie Strassell - Owen County Historical Society

  • Part of our history passes away

  • Sharing the music of our heritage

    As his lean, nimble fingers glided effortlessly along the dulcimer strings, Ron Devore coaxed a variety of melodious songs from his instrument. The soft-spoken gentleman, dressed in bibbed overalls, delighted his audience Thursday at the monthly historical society meeting.
    At times, the strings jumped as they danced lively to Bluegrass tunes or Appalachian clogging; then would soften to the wailful love songs of 16th-century England. In either case, there was plenty of toe-tapping, hand-clapping accompaniment from appreciative spectators.

  • Owen’s home for history needs some attention

    Throughout the years, Owen countians have dealt with houses displaying leaky roofs, crumbling porches, and weather-beaten exteriors. Many family homesteads were ravaged by insects, rodents and time; yet from one generation to another, families of Owen County gathered to repair, repaint, and rejoice over the ability to rejuvenate the family home yet once again.

  • Loss of a family member would touch community

    A few weeks ago, family and friends gathered around a historical society member, Joyce Hill Smith Hardin, to mourn the loss of her husband, Scott Hardin. Pictures of Scott were on display, and those images conveyed a celebration of a life filled with unforgettable memories.

  • Share our traditional cuisine at event

    One traditional way that Owen countians have immortalized their families is by collecting, recording, and passing down recipes to their loved ones.
    For most people, food and family are intimately connected, and family recipes are a way of keeping our ancestry, as well as a part of ourselves, alive. Cooking from family recipes can evoke vivid memories of childhood, reminding us of experiences long forgotten and allowing us to relive those feelings of comfort and excitement.

  • Owen County is proud to acknowledge role of our women

    Since the beginning of time, women have played a vital role in the affairs of the world. March is “Women in History” month and we reminisce and celebrate the resilient fortitude and achievements of the women of Owen County.

  • Son shares father’s legacy

    In 1943, Kelly Morrison was hitchhiking, a common practice in the nation at that time. Kelly was returning home after serving over three years in the Air Force during WWII. He was a side gunner on a B-24, also known as the “Liberator,” and had flown 25 missions, had been seriously wounded, and received three medals, including the Purple Heart.

  • Owen countians always answer country’s call

    It wasn’t until the year 1949 that the United States Air Force became a separate branch of the military. Until then it was known as the Army Air Corps, and it was considered part of the Army.

  • Spring has a special place in Owen history

    In the past, Owen countians have seen some bad winters when snow drifted over fence posts, the Kentucky River froze, long-standing shade trees in front yards had to be cut down because at times the cold and snow prevented a journey to the woods for fuel.
    As February made its exit, folks looked forward to spring, and memories of cold and snow gave way to anticipation of house cleaning (at least for the women), planting crops, incubating chicks, and fishing.

  • Landscape changes forever

    For 80 years it served Owen County — a notable amount of time to service a community. In a matter of a few seconds it was gone, but memories of days when it was a vital part of the Gratz scenery live on in the hearts and minds of local residents