New Book by Myers Looks at "Historic True Tales of Cultural Ingenuity" in Kentucky

Dr. Marshall Myers takes a look at “Historic True Tales of Cultural Ingenuity” in Kentucky’s colorful early history in his latest book.

“Only in Old Kentucky,” published by The History Press, contains captivating and sometimes bizarre accounts of hidden oddities and curiosities about the Bluegrass State rarely brought to light.

Myers, who joined the Eastern Kentucky University English faculty in 1995 and still teaches part time, regales his readers with tales of place names, company towns, coal camps, salt making, iron smelting, the New Madrid earthquakes, hemp, country ham and even a Kentucky-style caste system, and much more.

In his introduction, Myers writes that “few states rival Kentucky for its sheer variety of forms and its settlers’ ability to so rapidly and cleverly adapt to the environmental and social conditions when they passed through Cumberland Gap to behold what many of its residents even today call paradise.”

For a number of years, Myers served as history editor for Back Home in Kentucky magazine. His two most recent books, “The Great Civil War Stories of Kentucky” and “Neither Blue nor Grey,” concentrated on little known aspects of the Civil War in Kentucky. Myers has written for most of the major magazines in Kentucky and has published poetry and fiction, amassing more than 250 publications in all. He serves as president of the Madison County Civil War Roundtable and in 2010 was appointed by Gov. Steven Beshear to the Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

“Only in Old Kentucky: Historic True Tales of Cultural Ingenuity” is available from The History Press (, as well as online and some brick-and-mortar retailers.

Published on March 25, 2014

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