Christian Care Communities celebrated National Senior Citizen’s Day with a program featuring the history of Hopkinsville with Museums of Historic Hopkinsville Executive Director Alissa Keller.
The presentation was called “The History of Hopkinsville in Five Acts” and was modeled after how William Shakespeare often ordered his plays. Donning many different hats, literally, Keller started at the beginning, when Hopkinsville and Christian County were founded, and detailed the colorful history that followed.
She says the largest event in the city’s history was undoubtedly the Night Riders raid that took place in 1907 after years of building tensions in the tobacco industry that ended in violence and a trial that found the supposed leader of the organization not guilty.
Keller detailed many famous people through the county’s history, including Ted Poston, E.F. Whitney, Edgar Cayce, John C. Latham Jr., Peter Postell, Ned Breathitt, Katie McDaniel and many more.
She also spoke on the impact Fort Campbell, which was first known as Camp Campbell, has had on the history and shape of the region.
Keller says there is no resolution yet to this play, because we continue to create history every day and we might as well make it a good one.
Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks and Judge-Executive Steve Tribble read a proclamation in honor of Senior Citizen’s Day, saying those citizens are the corner stone of history and have a wealth of wisdom still yet to share.