Is Kentucky a Southern state?

If you want to start an endless debate in Kentucky, that question is a good place to start.

On Saturday at 4 p.m., I’ll be participating in a panel discussion on the question organized by James Klotter, Kentucky’s state historian and a history professor at Georgetown College.

I’m preparing my remarks Friday, so help me out and comment below. Is Kentucky Southern?  Midwestern?  A mixture?  What do you think, and why?

The panel discussion will be at the Lexington Public Library’s Central Library Theater downtown. It is part of the Library’s Forever Free: Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation exhibit. Other related activities Saturday include:

• Lincoln’s Lexington Walking Tour – 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Meet in front of the Central Library.

• Children’s Activity: Civil War Cyphers and Codes  – 2 p.m. in the Library’s children’s department.

• Civil War Living History: Soldiers and Cannons and Horses, oh my! Phoenix Park – 12 p.m. to  7 p.m.

• A Word from President Lincoln with Jim Sayre – 3 p.m. at the Central Library Theater.

• Saxton’s Cornet Band – 5:30 p.m. in Phoenix Park.

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