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KHS to host program about Shakers and the Civil War

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 7, 2012) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will host “Food for Thought: The Shakers and the Civil War,” at noon Wednesday, June 20, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort.

In any war there are those whose conscience prohibits them from taking up arms, and the Shakers were such a group during the Civil War. While the Shakers in New England were spared the direct impact of conflict, the Shakers in Kentucky were caught in the middle of the maelstrom. The journals of the Shakers at Pleasant Hill record “cannon for death and destruction within 20 paces” of their homes and tens of thousands of soldiers marching through their village. This presentation will bring to life the war as seen and experienced by the Shakers at Pleasant Hill, especially during the Perryville campaign in 1862.

The menu for the luncheon features Italian spinach spread with assorted crackers, panzanella, grilled chicken with basil lemon butter sauce, broccoli, coconut pound cake and strawberries, melon slices and iced tea or coffee.

Tickets to the Food for Thought luncheon are $18 for KHS members and $25 for other patrons. To make a reservation, contact Julia Curry at 502-564-1792, ext. 4414 or [email protected] Reservations are required by Friday, June 15.

Food for Thought is made possible by the generous support of the KHS Foundation. To find out more about this and other KHS programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.