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Sen. McConnell to discuss Barkley at June 30 Market House luncheon

Staff report

The Market House Museum of Paducah announced that a limited number of tickets are for sale to attend a luncheon with Sen. Mitch McConnell on June 30.

McConnell will speak on Alben Barkley, a Paducah resident who rose to the national arena by becoming Senate majority leader and Democrat Harry S. Truman's running mate in the presidential election of 1948.  

McConnell is the Senate Republican leader. First elected to that position unanimously by his colleagues in 2006, he is the 15th Senate Republican leader and only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate. The first was Barkley, who led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949.

Barkley was born in 1887 near the Lowes community in Graves County.

He lived in a little frame house, which had originally been a log home, built by his grandfather, Alben Graham Barkley. His maternal grandmother had been married to Confederate soldier Capt. James Henry Smith, who died of injuries received while serving with Morgan's Raiders.

As a result of hearing these family stories, Barkley was instilled with a love of history while still a child. 

The Market House Museum has a large collection of Barkley artifacts and personal items. A recent acquisition of the facility was the surrey with the fringe on top that Barkley used to court and eventually to propose to his first wife, Dorothy Brower Barkley.

Along with the Barkley collections, the museum offers a collection of Paducah-related artifacts, including a Civil War room and a "Hall of Heroes" dedicated to law enforcement, fire protection and military personnel.

The purchase of the McConnell/Barkley luncheon ticket also covers a tour of the museum.

The buffet luncheon will be held at noon at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center. Limited tickets will be on sale as long as they last at $50 a person.

Those interested should contact the Market House Museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 270-443-7759, or stop by the museum at 121 S. Second St., just across from Kirchhoff's Bakery. Tickets can be obtained only through the museum.

Email queries can be directed to info@markethousemuseum.com.

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