02 Oct 2017

The Big Read introduces Station Eleven, Oct. 5 – Nov. 4

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The Big Read is back!

This year’s Big Read book is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Join us as we delve deep into this audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilizations’ collapse. Read along with us as we discover what is truly important when all modern conveniences disappear.

For a complete list of events, visit The Big Read Hopkinsville.

What’s happening at the Museum for the Big Read:

Oct. 6-27: Museum of Civilization, Accepting Items
Pennyroyal Area Museum, regular business hours
What would be the one thing you couldn’t leave behind? Or the one thing you would search for to help you remember your life before the end? Share that item with us as we create our own Museum of Civilization. This community-driven exhibition will feature sentimental items that you would want to keep near even in times of despair and loss. This special exhibit will be unveiled during the Big Read Finale. For more information and to bring an item to be included in this personal and nostalgic exhibit, contact us at 270-887-4270.

Oct. 21: Saving Our Stories
Pennyroyal Area Museum, 1-4pm
Documenting our stories helps us remember our past. The Kentucky Historical Society joins us as we discuss ways to preserve history – physically, intellectually, and emotionally. This presentation is the second part of the “Integrating Segregated Histories” program that seeks to document a wide selection of the community’s heritage. At the first part, KHS gathered and digitized history from members of our African American and Jewish communities. These items are featured in an online exhibit: Integrating Segregated Histories. For a complete schedule of the Oct. 21 event, visit KHS_MHHCC Oct 21.

Oct. 27: Supper in the Cemetery
Riverside Cemetery, 5:30pm
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE!
Tour the tombstones with the Museums of Hopkinsville and learn more about the art and history of this final resting place. After a delicious supper, convene in the chapel to hear from local folks who made contributions to local arts and humanities. Supper will be served at 5:30; and the show starts at 6:30pm. Space is limited; get your tickets HERE or call the Museum at (270) 887-4270 to reserve your spot! $15/person; $12/Museum Members

Oct. 28: The Birdcage: On the Edge of Apocalypse
Meet at the Pennyroyal Area Museum to carpool to Fort Campbell Army Installation, 11am-4:30pm
One of the nation’s 13 Top Secret Nuclear Weapons Storage and Modification sites, 1948-1965, this 2,500 acre facility housing 28 underground structures and architecture unique to the Cold War has become a Cold War Historic District. Participate with us on a driving tour of the base and take a dare to enter one of the deep, dark tunnels that once housed a portion of the nation’s nuclear capability. Registration required. Contact us at 270-887-4270 to register and for more information.

Nov. 4: Big Read Finale & Exhibit Opening
Pennyroyal Area Museum, 10am-2pm
The Pennyroyal Area Museum will be transformed into the Museum of Civilization! This community-driven exhibition will feature sentimental items that you would want to keep near even in times of despair and loss. What would be the one thing you couldn’t leave behind? Or the one thing you would search for to help you remember your life before the end? Tour this exhibit to see what other Big Readers would carry with them at the end. Exhibit on display through Saturday, November 25.

Past Events:

Oct. 7: Forgotten Skills Workshop
Pennyroyal Area Museum, Griffin’s Studio, and more! 10am-2pm
What will you do if the lights go out – permanently?  How will you survive?  How will you cook, preserve food, make clothes, keep yourself healthy or even entertain yourself? Participate in a Technology Black Out as you explore skills that our ancestors practiced in an electricity-free world. Learn to sew, spin, weave, dye, knit, crochet, quilt, make pottery, and so much more. By the end of the day, you’ll be armed with skills to help you survive if technology and civilization as we know it fall apart!

Oct. 13: Atlantis: The Disappearance of a Civilization
Pennyroyal Area Museum, 5:30pm
Station Eleven provides a vivid account of what the world would be like if our society came to a screeching halt. According to a number of sources, this kind of tragedy has happened before. In this presentation, Alissa Keller explores the readings of world-renowned psychic (and Hopkinsville native) Edgar Cayce on Atlantis and connects the destruction of the lost civilization to the demise of civilization in the novel.

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