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2nd Annual Student Day at the Historic Judge Joseph Holt Home

September 20th, 2017

     Learning about President Abraham Lincoln and Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt was an enjoyable lesson for the fifth graders.

     Students across Breckinridge County and those from Cloverport Independent Schools were on hand Sept. 20 as they listened to presentations about the nation’s 16th president and Judge Holt.  Larry Elliott portrayed Lincoln and provided details about his life.  Visual aids helped develop accounts about the Civil War and Holt’s connection with it.

    Gifted students from Breckinridge County High School gave tours of the historic Holt Home with assistance from Veronica Ent and Susan Dyer of the Friends of the Holt Home.  Tour guides guided students and their teachers through the historic home as they shared stories about Holt’s legacy, state partnering, and continued restoration on the last official Kentucky Lincoln site in the Commonwealth. 

     Schedules allowed some schools to tour the Holt Family Cemetery and enjoy lunch on the grounds.

     The Friends of the Holt Home continue to offer the opportunity for all fifth grade Breckinridge County students to encounter what life was like during the Civil War period.   As they explore the past at the historic Holt Home, they also learned about the annual Holt Home Community Day open to the public on the fourth Saturday of each September.


Hardinsburg Elementary School getting ready for a tour


B.C.H.S. Tour Guides gave highlights of the strong history of Holt and his home


Cloverport Independent School's 5th grade listened intently about history of the home


Students take time to pose with President Lincoln


Ben Johnson and Custer Elementary School at Student Day



Holt’s Legacy Continued To Gain Momentum
 at 9th Annual Holt Home Community Day

A year’s work in review welcomed a grand crowd for the 9th Annual Holt Home Community Day September 23.

 An estimated crowd of 2,000 came to enjoy the community’s pride in the continued restoration of the last official Kentucky Lincoln site in the Commonwealth. There were numerous highlights.

Young ladies and gentlemen from the Berea Festival Dancers danced tunes of the period and their director, Jennifer Rose Escobar, sang lovely ballads. The Breckinridge County Band, surrounded by visitors, made its debut performing majestically on the lawn with Director Ricky Dudgeon. Visitors surrounded the local band as the music entertained everyone. Vocal melodies filled the air with the Breckinridge County Chamber Singers led by new director Phil Jennings singing Lorena. Other locals, Paul Joseph O’ Donoghue and Alison O’Donoghue Mattingly, sang period selections.

Entering the Holt grounds, guests were greeted with music and the smell of wonderful food cooked by the Breckinridge County Cattleman. Boy Scout Troop and Club Scout Pack # 95 presented and posted the Colors. Campsites by the Ninth Michigan Volunteer Infantry and cannon firing by the 14th Light Artillery gave a glimpse of what life was like in the 1860s. And, Kim and John Nyberg shared pictures and information about the Holt Home wallpaper analysis and its future restoration activity.

Improvements of the home and grounds were met with approval and visitors were amazed with all the restoration that has occurred with grants and hard work.

Special speakers included Kentucky State Representative Dean Schamore, Kentucky State Senator Steve Meredith, and Jon Rollins, GRW architect for the Holt Home restoration. Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas was another key speaker and Charlie Corbett, Friends of the Holt Home director, recognized families and individuals for their support as lifetime Honored Friends of the Holt Home. Susan B. Dyer, Friends of the Holt Home president, honored families and individuals for donations of beautiful period furniture collections.

The community day was an opportunity to appreciate what Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt did for our nation. COL James A. Bagwell, staff judge advocate at Fort Knox, the keynote speaker, emphasized how Judge Holt helped hold our nation together and is a great example of a patriot to the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals (JAGs). The renovation of his home has been instrumental in restoring the legacy of Judge Holt, Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Army. It also has been key to partnering with the Friends of the Holt Home, the United States Army Cadet Command and the Fort Knox Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. The Fort Knox JAGS have made it a tradition to come annually and place a wreath at Judge Holt’s monument.

Many walked to the Holt Family Cemetery as the wreath was placed by COL Bagwell and Master Staff Sergeant Konrad Nikolao. Taps was played by Paul Rotramel, Breckinridge County assistant band director, as the JAGS gave honor to one of their own. Judge Kelly Easton, master of ceremonies, reminded the community about Holt’s legacy and his importance in American history.

The afternoon continued with Larry Elliott, portraying President Lincoln, throwing out the first pitch at the Civil War baseball game that continues to be a big hit with visitors. The KY Home Guard Band and the Guilderoy Byrne Band entertained the crowd as Breckinridge County High School students gave tours of the home, and trees from the grounds were sold.

Preservation efforts to save the Holt Home began 20 years ago. An account of that journey will be featured in a new book by Susan B. Dyer, published by Acclaim Press. Due for release in September 2018, the volume has the working title, The New Jewel in Kentucky’s Civil War Crown.


Highlights from the 2017 9th Annual Holt Home Community Day

Photo Credit for the the photos on this page to Glen Arnold, Arnold Studios & More, Garfield, Ky.
Phone: 270-668-9886, Website: www.arnoldstudio.com    Facebook: www.facebook.com/arnold.photo.cakes


Berea Festival Dancers danced tunes of the period, director, Jennifer Rose Escobar. 


Berea Festival Dancers 


Berea Festival Dancers danced the tunes of the period. 


The Breckinridge County High School Band making its debut with Director Ricky Dudgeon.  


The Breckinridge County High School Band playing a period piece.  


The Breckinridge County High School Band, performing majestically on the lawn with Director Ricky Dudgeon. 


Visitors listening to The Breckinridge County High School Band perform. 


Paul Joseph O’ Donoghue and Alison O’Donoghue Mattingly, sang period selections. 


Campsites by the Ninth Michigan Volunteer Infantry 


Campsites by the 14th Light Artillery


Campsites by the 14th Light Artillery 


Ninth Michigan Volunteer loading his rifle.


And Firing! 


14th Light Artillery Cannon 


14th Light Artillery loading the cannon, preparing for firing! 


And Firing! 


Kentucky State Representative Dean Schamore 


Kentucky State Senator Steve Meredith 


Breckinridge County Judge Executive, Maurice Lucas 


Susan B. Dyer, Friends of the Holt Home president


Charlie Corbett, Friends of the Holt Home director 


Jon Rollins, GRW architect for the Holt Home restoration. 


Judge Holt portrayed by Judge Kelly Easton (Master of Ceremonies).
  


Judge Kelly Easton
 


COL James A. Bagwell, staff judge advocate at Fort Knox and keynote speaker


Presenting an award to COL James A. Bagwell, staff judge advocate at Fort Knox, the keynote speaker


Ninth Michigan Volunteer Infantry  


COL Bagwell and Master Staff Sergeant Konrad Nikolao.


COL Bagwell and Master Staff Sergeant Konrad Nikolao entering the gates of the Holt Cemetery.


Taps are played by Paul Rotramel, Breckinridge County assistant band director.


COL Bagwell and Master Staff Sergeant Konrad Nikolao.


COL Bagwell and Master Staff Sergeant Konrad Nikolao placing wreath on Judge Holt's grave.


COL Bagwell and Master Staff Sergeant Konrad Nikolao paying honor to Judge Joseph Holt.


The KY Home Guard Band entertained the crowd.


The Guilderoy Byrne Band playing music.


The Period Style Baseball Game is a Crowd Favorite.


The Teams!


Period Costumes of the day!


Players in Action!


Looks like a good hit!


Close Game!



Links to Previous Events and Articles

Highlights from Holt Home Community Day 2013

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2014

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2015

Holt Home Hosts Indiana National Guard JAGS Onsite Training - March 5th, 2016

Hardinsburg & Irvington Elementary Schools learned about President Lincoln’s connection with Judge Joseph Holt - April 12, 2016

Renovation at its Best: Judge Joseph Holt Home has new look for 8th Annual Community Day - August,2016

What an Exciting Time for the Judge Joseph Holt Home - August, 2016

Activities, Renovation Work Progressing on Holt Home - August,2016

Highlights From Holt Home Community Day 2016

Fort Knox, Pentagon Honor Holt Friends, Susan Dyer for Development of Home - April 20, 2017

New Event for the 9th Annual Holt Home Community Day - August, 2017

Stunning Progress Made on Holt Home, on Display at 9th Annual Community Day - August, 2017

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2017 

2nd Annual Student Day at the Historic Judge Joseph Holt Home

Partnering Helps get out the word of the work behind the Holt project! And the effort that continues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  

      Visit the www.jholt-houseky.org website and see how today’s historians, volunteers, and advocates are striving to make Judge Holt’s home again “The showplace of Breckinridge County.”

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