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The Knox Countian, Our Quarterly Newsletter

Among the many projects envisioned by the first museum president David Cole was to publish a museum newsletter or history quarterly. Its purpose was to inform members of museum activities and to draw upon its newly formed archives as the basis for exploration of local history topics. The first issue was in issued in Winter 1988.

The magazine's articles cover all aspects of Knox County's history, many essays published over several issues. Among the more memorable multi-part series published in the magazine are the Union College Class of 1926's "History of Barbourville," including the unpublished essays; Dr. James Bailey's research on the Bailey-White Feud; William P. Kennedy's humorous book-length memoirs of his boyhood in the 1920s, "A Tour of a Three Mule Town"; Sherman Oxendine's essays on the life of Caleb Powers; Michael Mills' "Death by Hanging in Knox County" series; the collected papers of Martha Costellow; two centuries
of the Blackstone Hotel lot, location of hotels and taverns since before 1807; extensive accounts of two silent movies with Knox County connections, Pearl White's The Mountain Woman (1921),
and Stark Love (1927); rural post offices in Knox County; and biographical supplements to the museum's book Knox County, Kentucky: History and Families.

Among the writers for the earlier volumes were Susan Arthur, David Cole, Phil Fox, David Helton, Jakalyn Jackson, Charles Reed Mitchell, Carlos Morris, Lois Renfro Morris, William Sherman Oxendine and K.S. Warren. Later contributors include Dr. James Bailey, Joseph E. Brent, Mary Browning, Dr. Clinton Congleton, Connie Danner, Dr. Hugo Freund, Richard Davis Golden, Col. Carl J. Helton, Silas House, Dr. Leslie Logan, Michael C. Mills, Margaret Jean Owens, Lt. General Elvy B. Roberts, Sue Scalf, Catherine Faulkner Singer, Milton Townsend, Kenneth H. Tuggle and John

David Cole was the periodical's first editor, followed by Lois Renfro Morris. Charles Reed Mitchell has been editor since January 1994.

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