New state archivist appointed

Education Cabinet Secretary Helen W. Mountjoy announced the appointment of Barbara Teague as state archivist and records administrator, and public records division director at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Teague replaces Richard N. Belding, who retired after 28 years with KDLA.

As state archivist, Teague will be responsible for leading the state's public archival agency and for overseeing records management services for state and local governments. The state archivist is also the coordinator of the Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board, which provides advice, assistance and leadership to nearly 300 archival and manuscript repositories in the state.

Teague is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is from Harlan, and now lives in Frankfort with her sons, James and Tommy.

Pageant applications

Applications for 2008 Crowned Prince and Princess Pageant will be accepted from contestants until Thursday. Division and all optionals $110; For ages 3 months to 37 years. Contact Karen J. Blackwell Mucci, (859) 492-3025.

Helping Children Cope With Grief

Helping Children Cope with Grief program will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27 at the Frankfort Office of Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort. Call Melinda Simpson, (502) 223-1744 or
1-800- 926-1302.

History Center events

The following events are being held at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort. Call (502) 564-1792:

■ Back to the Bluegrass: Mary Todd Comes Home, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 22 and 29. Call Greg Hardison, Ext. 4454.

Our New Kentucky Home: Immigrant Experiences Exhibition is being presented in the Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children, ages 6-18. The exhibit closes March 29. Contact Alice Rogers, Ext. 4476.

New hours 
for history center

The Special Collections Reading Room of the Kentucky Historical Society is providing researchers appointment-only hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Special Collections Reading Room will be open to walk-in researchers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays. The Reading Room is closed Saturday-Monday. Hours in the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library at KHS remain the same, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Honors given to two Frankfort clubs

Optimist International's Kentucky/West Virginia District Governor Sandy Ruman presented Distinguished Honors Awards to two local clubs, Frankfort Optimist Club and Capital City Optimist, during a recent Kentucky/West Virginia District meeting held at Frankfort's Capital Plaza Hotel.

The following events took place March 1 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort:

■ The Capital City Museum was honored at the 2008 Kentucky History Awards Program and received the Award of Merit for Museum Exhibit for ”Capital Hotel Exhibits.“

■ The Frankfort Heritage Press was honored at the 2008 Kentucky History Awards Program. The Frankfort Heritage Press received the Award of Merit for Publication — Local or State History for Frankfort Cemetery.