We are spooktacularly delighted that October is coming (and it’s not just because of cooler weather, fall leaves, pumpkins, or Halloween)! Family History Month is our favorite part of October in the Local History and Genealogy Department. To celebrate, we’ve got a month full of programs to help you with your family history research and learn more about the history of our area.

Learn more about the sensational stories in the Licking Riverside neighborhood this month at KCPL. Photograph courtesy of Faces and Places. www.kentonlibrary.org/genphotos

On Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, attend our Scandals & Mayhem: A Historic Walking Tour of Licking Riverside and Governors Point neighborhood. We’ll recount the grim stories of the neighborhood’s prior inhabitants and share some of the scandals that rocked the neighborhood. You have two chances to take the tour, once at 2 PM and then again at 6 PM. The tour will depart from the Local History and Genealogy Department at Covington.

The Kenton County Historical Society is sponsoring an Antiques Appraisal Fair on Saturday, October 13 from 11 AM – 2 PM. Always wondered what that old vase was worth? Talk with antiques appraisal experts to see if you might be sitting on a pile of antique “gold.” Photographs of large furniture pieces are preferred. The fair will take place in the BB&T meeting room at the Covington Branch.

Are you researching your ancestors who might have served in the American Revolution? Interested in joining the DAR? Then mark your calendars and plan to meet with members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Tuesday, October 16 @ 9 AM at the Covington Library. Members of the DAR will discuss the necessary steps toward membership and help you with research questions.

Join us for a tour of St. Mary’s Cemetery on Saturday, October 20, @ 9 AM.

It’s not October without a tour of a local cemetery (or two). Our popular annual Cemetery Tour will take place Saturday, October 20, at 9 AM at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell (2201 Dixie Hwy, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017). The tour is led by staff from the Local History and Genealogy Department and will include biographical stories of the people and families who shaped the history of Northern Kentucky.

Join us at Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum for Cinema in the Cemetery on Friday, October 12. Starting at 6 PM, we’ll give a short tour of the cemetery and play Iconography Bingo for candy prizes. After the tour enjoy a screening of A Nightmare Before Christmas. All ages are welcome to attend. Linden Grove Cemetery is located at 401 W 13th St, Covington, KY 41011.

Our second annual Iconography Picnic at Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum is on Wednesday, October 31, @ 11 AM. In our opinion, eating lunch in a cemetery on Halloween is the best way to celebrate the day. Staff from the Local History and Genealogy Department will talk about cemetery inhabitants and their tombstones. There will also be an iconography scavenger hunt. All ages are welcome to attend. Registration required.

We have so many wonderful programs planned that we couldn’t possibly fit them all in this blog. For a full list of October programs and details, visit our online events calendar.

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