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Forkland Genealogy & History Workshop
Forkland Community Center Lincoln Museum
Saturday, May 19, 2018   9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

American Wars & Their Veterans

The 2018 Genealogy Workshop is honoring our Kentucky Veterans this year.  The speakers will be:

"The Forgotten War: Kentuckians in the War of 1812"

Carolyn Crabtree, a former mathematics and English teacher, now spends her retirement researching and speaking about history and genealogy for her own family and well as
for others who have ancestors from Central Kentucky, Virginia and Western North Carolina.  Over the last 40 years she has written helped compile genealogy books for
the Forkland Community Center Abraham Lincoln Museum.  Carolyn has published articles in several magazines and has created books on the Caldwell family in the
United States and on the McDowell-Shelby-Warren family.

"North and South? Finding Your Kentucky Civil War Ancestor"

Don Rightmyer is a native of Harrodsburg and retired Air Force Veteran who served for 24 years.  He is a lifelong student of the Civil War and especially Kentucky's experience
during the war.  As editor of the Kentucky Ancestors Magazine, a publication from the Kentucky Historical Society, Don integrated genealogical research into his study of the war.
Don will help you find and learn about your Kentucky Civil War relative and whether he wore blue, gray, or butternut.

"Tribute to Valor and Courage -- The World Wars"

Eric "Rick" Lee is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  He as commissioned a Second Lieutenant after completing Army ROTC at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  Rick earned a
Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alabama and a Masters Degree from Murray State University.  The son of a World War II  and Korean War era veteran, Rick's eight-year
military tenure included assignments in leadership, personnel, and logistics.  He is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and
the Third Armored Division.  Rick maintains close ties with World War II organizations as well as former service members throughout the country.  He has also worked with a team on
the Library of Congress' Veteran's Oral History Project.  He is a member of the Military Writers Society of America.  Rick has chronicled many of the stories of America's "Greatest Generation"
in his book, Tribute to Valor and Courage, and he has shared their accomplishment through his presentations in bookstores, churches, schools, retirement homes, libraries, and other venues.
He is currently working on a sequel to this book.


More information will be coming soon, but sign up early. Remember that the limited number of participants is 50. 
Pre-registration is required for the catered lunch.

To get a PDF copy of the 2018 flyer, with an application form,  and get an idea of what is planned, click here:

2018 Brochure for Workshop 

Reserve May 19, 2018 for a very special day. 
Cost $30 (lunch is included) No refunds after May 14th.

Contact for more information:

Wayne Thurman at

Carolyn Crabtree at

Shirley Sheperson by phone at 859-936-2061

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Forkland Community Center in Southwestern Boyle County, Kentucky
Located on KY 37, 30 minutes from Danville or Lebanon

Directions to Forkland Community Center: From Danville, go south on US 127 to the traffic light at Junction City and turn right onto KY 300.  Then just after the railroad tracks turn left onto KY 37 and stay on KY 37 all the way (about 10 miles) to the Community Center on the right.  From Lebanon go east on US68, turn right on KY 243 (Gravel Switch turnoff).  Stay on 243 until KY 243 turns right over the bridge.  Here you should go straight on KY37.  The Community Center is about three miles on the left.  GPS Coordinates for the Forkland Community Center: N37.551286, W084.985209.

See a video of the museum at

The Lincoln Museum is open every Saturday, noon - 4pm May through October, during special events held at the Forkland Community Center or by appointment by calling Wayne Thurman at 859-936-7489 or Shirley Sheperson at 859-936-2061. You may also e-mail Wayne Thurman.  There is someone at the center on those Saturdays who can help you with your own genealogy, if you will contact the center and let us know you are coming. 

For more information, click here.


On March 1, 2008 the Forkland Abraham Lincoln Museum was officially opened after receiving a grant from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Kentucky Historical Society.  Lucey Shipley Hanks, mother to Nancy Hanks Lincoln and grandmother to Abraham Lincoln, moved to Kentucky after the death of her husband James Hanks.  She had been living with a sister Rachel Shipley Berry and her husband Richard in the Forkland area of Mercer County (now Boyle) but in 1790 she married Henry Sparrow, Sr. in Mercer County, Kentucky.  Lucey's daughter Nancy apparently moved to Washington County, Kentucky with her aunt and uncle and their children.  There she met and married Thomas Lincoln.  Nancy and Thomas were the parents of President Abraham Lincoln.  Lucey and Henry Sparrow lived on Scrubgrass Road in the Forkland area of Boyle County for over 34 years and had eight children whose descendants are scattered throughout Boyle, Mercer, Anderson, Washington and other counties of central Kentucky.  Because so little seems to be known about the maternal side of President Lincoln's family, the Abraham Lincoln Museum at Forkland was built.  In the museum you will find photographs of family members, Lincoln artifacts, and authentic newspapers about the death of Abraham Lincoln.  Other artifacts in the museum show the life that people like Lucey and Henry Sparrow lived on the "Fork".  We welcome you to come and experience what life was like in the 1800s-early 1900s in the Forkland area.  You may also do genealogy research in the history room or purchase items in the gift shop.  We welcome any information about the families connected to this beautiful area of Kentucky.