This event is inspired by John Bradford, a member of the Bradford family
who owned the land on which Cardome now stands. He founded the
Kentucky Gazette in Lexington in 1787. It was the first newspaper in
Kentucky and had no rivals within 500 miles until 1795.
printed the first book published in Kentucky, a compilation of the first
session of the Kentucky legislature in 1792, shortly after Kentucky
became the 15th state of the United States.
John Bradford was,
along with being a newspaper and book publisher, a founder of
Lexington’s Public Library, chairman of the board of Transylvania
University and a state representative. He was a great champion of the
need for an informed citizenry and the civic literacy it required.
one day special event provides a wonderful overview of the importance
of the written word from its earliest days to the special challenges
facing traditional media today.
Event to include:
Panel Discussions:John Bradford - His Role in Bringing Civic Literacy to Kentucky and Why This is Important Today
The Written Word – Print Journalism at the Crossroads
And Dinner with Keynote Speaker John Carroll, Former Editor, Los Angeles Times and Lexington Herald-Leader
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