The history of Georgetown and Scott County — including information about the Mallard Pencil Company, the county’s largest employer in the 1940s, and the area’s hemp production from 1820-1880 — is being presented in a new online video series.
History in Your Own Backyard, based in Indiana, is an online video archive that showcases historic information about Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio communities.
The videos were created to educate to younger generations, promote the historic sites and communities and to be archived at the state libraries, according to a promotional video about the series.
Earlier this month, four videos based in Scott County were released, focusing on Stamping Ground, the Georgetown and Scott County Museum, the Fisher’s Travel Camp on U.S. 25 in northern Scott County and Rosenwald School in Sadieville. The videos run from three to about 10 minutes.
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The videos touch up on many aspects in Scott County’s history including Georgetown’s connection with the Mexican–American War and Stamping Ground’s history with buffalo.
Satolli Glassmeyer, president of History in Your Own Backyard, grew up in the Cincinnati area and often rode his bicycle into nearby neighborhoods and communities seeking to learn about their history.
Glassmeyer previously produced tour guide booklets that would feature information about historic buildings. He began producing videos about three years ago, aiming to reach a larger audience.
“People don’t read much anymore,” he said.
Much of the historical information in the videos comes from the property owner, he said. The Georgetown video includes an interview with Georgetown & Scott County Museum volunteer Ron Vance.
But Vance isn’t crazy about it.
“I’m not the type of person that likes seeing myself on television or something,” he said.
And he also wished the videos would have focused on other aspects of Scott County’s history, he said, such as the portraits of George W. Johnson, who was elected as the first Confederate Governor of Kentucky during the Civil War. Johnson, from Scott County, never held the office because Kentucky never seceded from the Union, Vance said.
Funds to create the videos come from tourism bureaus, cities, businesses and individuals, Glassmeyer said.
Other Kentucky communities highlighted include Union, Rabbit Hash and Williamstown. Glassmeyer said he eventually wants to create at least 10 videos in each county in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.