Up the Valley Thru the Gap Following the Migration of KY Riflesmiths

Please join the Eastern Kentucky Archaeology Group for their May 2018 talk by Mel Hankla, titled “Historic Icons from Kentucky.” Mel Stewart Hankla is a researcher, actor and rifle smith who focuses his attention on the history of the Kentucky Longrifle. His talk will highlight research for his forthcoming book entitled, “Up the Valley, Thru the Gap – Following the Migration of Kentucky Riflesmiths”. Antique longrifles and Kentucky-made powder horns will be on exhibit to support his talk. Hankla has been a 27-year member of the Kentucky Rifle Association, past president of the Contemporary Longrifle Association and is currently editor of American Tradition Magazine. He has produced and contributed to a variety of publications on Kentucky’s frontier period. In 1984 he was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts grant to apprentice with master Kentucky riflesmith Hershel House. As a historical actor, Hankla worked 22 years with the Kentucky Humanities Council presenting Chautauqua characters of Kentucky frontiersmen. He was recently cast for the leading role in the PBS documentary, An Audacious American, the story of abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay.

EKAG talks are designed to connect archaeologists, archaeology students and the interested public. Presentations are designed for a general audience and we always make room for questions, feedback and interaction. We hope this venue can connect different groups of people in productive dialogue and provide the public with information about the many archaeological and related historical projects that take place in eastern Kentucky every year. Please see attached flyer for event location and additional details.

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