Woodford County: Penn honored with history award


Bill Penn, Midway resident and co-owner of the Historic Midway Museum Store with his wife, Leslie, was the recipient of the 2011 Midway Living History Award. Penn was recognized during the Nov. 28 Midway community dinner and Midway Renaissance annual meeting held at Midway Christian Church.

Penn is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky and developed a love of Kentucky history while studying under Thomas Clark. He is a member of the Woodford County Heritage Committee and is on the board of Midway Museum Inc. He has authored and edited several publications focusing on Kentucky history, specifically history of Harrison and Woodford counties during the Civil War. Some of his works are Rattling Spurs & Broad Brimmed Hats, Railroad in Harrison County, Midway Historic Timeline, and Midway During the Civil War.

Penn also preserves and archives historical documents related to Midway, including maps, photographs, city council minutes dating to 1869, and various collections donated to Midway Museum Inc.

Get those decorations up: Judging is Monday

Christmas decorations on Midway homes and businesses will be judged Monday by a committee comprised of members of the Midway Woman's Club. Award-winning decorations will receive special certificates recognizing the creativity and uniqueness of the displays.

Anyone who wishes to be considered by the committee should have their decorations up and on by 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Downtown open house to feature book-signing

Midway will host its annual Downtown Open House on Friday and Saturday. Santa Claus will arrive on Saturday in downtown Midway for the festivities.

James Archambeault will sign his Kentucky photography books Kentucky III and Kentucky Horse Country at Historic Midway Museum Store from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Archambeault's 2012 calendars, prints and greeting cards will also be available.