A Rare Kentucky Book: Kentucky; A Poem by Isaac W. Skinner
By James D. Birchfield
On the shelves of the Brown family library at Liberty Hall there is a very rare Kentucky book – Kentucky; A Poem, by Isaac W. Skinner. It truly is a rare book, because there are only four known copies: the Liberty Hall copy, two copies in the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Kentucky, and a fourth copy owned by the Millbrook Public Library in Millbrook, Alabama.
Hail Glorious Day! Early American Fourth of July Poems
By Kate Hesseldenz, Curator
One of my favorite items in the collection is a commonplace book owned by Margaretta Mason Brown (1772-1838). The book contains 52 poems. Margaretta wrote many of the poems in the book, but she also copied some of them from magazines and newspapers. They are arranged chronologically, and she titled the book “Fugitive Pieces, or, Juvenile Essays.” Margaretta began writing and copying poems into the book in 1785, when she was just 13 years old and lived in New York City. The last poem in the book is dated 1807.