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The Hardin County Historical Society is pleased to offer the publications below that document and tell the colorful stories of Hardin County’s history. Order forms and payments can be mailed to the society or turned into the Treasurer at any of the Society’s regular meetings.
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A History of Elizabethtown, Kentucky
by Samuel Haycraft , 1869, reprint 2006 , hb
Price: $24.00
This hardback describes Elizabethtown's history in detail from 1779 to 1869 by tradition and the recollections of the author regarding Elizabethtown's prominent residents, structures, businesses and occurrences.

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A Series of Monographs Concerning the Lincolns and Hardin County, Kentucky
by R. Gerald McMurtry , 1938, 2nd printing 1999 , hb
Price: $18.00
Selected monographs from those published from November 28, 1935 - April 29, 1937 in the Hardin County Enterprise about the Lincolns and their residence in Hardin County

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Barney, A Forgotten Hero - The story of Commodore Joshua Barney and his Connection with Elizabethtown, Kentucky
by George K. Holbert , 1943: Reprint 1998
Price: $3.00
This pamphlet tells of the exploits of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 naval hero Joshua Barney and his connection with Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

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Chronicles of Hardin County, 1766-1974 Bicentennial Edition
compiled by Mrs. Thomas Durham (Guy) Winstead , 1974/Second Printing in September 2011 , 88 pages/Softcover
Price: $10.00
Dates and summarizes the important historical events that made Kentucky and Hardin County what it is today.

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Diamonds, Rubies and Sand - The story of Philip Arnold of the Great Diamond Fraud and his Connection with Elizabethtown, Kentucky
by Margaret S. Richerson & Mary Jo Jones , 1999 , 22 pp
Price: $6.00
This work examines Elizabethtown native Philip Arnold's life as a miner, his participation in the Great Diamond Fraud, his return to Elizabethtown, Kentucky and his legal problems.

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East Side Chronicle 1928
by , reprint 2000 , pb
Price: $3.00
A school journal published by the sophomore and junior classes of East Side High School telling of life at the high school. Includes articles from the students, pictures of a few of them, and old advertisements of the time.

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Elizabethtown
by Meranda L. Caswell , 2005 , 128 pp, pb
Price: $20.00
This is a pictorial history in the Images of America series. It looks at various areas of the city, its people, and educational opportunities, stressing the development of these areas of the town from the late 1800's to about 1925.

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Elizabethtown & Hardin County 1869-1921
by H.A. Sommers , 2001 , 199 pp, pb
Price: $20.00
This book is the complement to Haycraft's and takes up where he left off describing the history of Elizabethtown from 1869 to 1921 in great detail.

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Elizabethtown City Directory 1932-1933
by , Reprint
Price: $5.00
See who is living in Elizabethtown according to the telephone directory.

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky 1779-1879
by R. Gerald McMurtry , 1938: reprint 1959
Price: $3.00
This pamphlet discusses the first 100 years of Elizabethtown's existence.

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Facts about Elizabethtown and Hardin County, 1923
compiled by Leroy Martin , 1923: reprint 1987
Price: $5.00
This paperback tells little odds-and-ends facts about Elizabethtown during the 1920 time period.

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George Armstrong Custer in Elizabethtown, 1871-1873
by Mary Jo Jones , 1998
Price: $3.00
This pamphlet describes Custer's two years of residence in Elizabethtown.

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Hardin County
by Meranda L. Caswell , 2006 , 128 pp, pb
Price: $20.00
This is a pictorial history in the Images of America series. This is a work which discusses the various towns in Hardin County, their development and their people, primarily in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the photographs come from the hitherto unpublished collection of the Brown-Pusey Library in Elizabethtown.

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Hardin County and Her Part in World War II
by W.M. Boling , 1948, reprint 2000
Price: $5.00
This paperback lists all of the Hardin Countians that fought in World War II and all of the volunteer services and Red Cross services that Hardin County provided during the war, and more. 

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Hardin Heritage - The Historic Architecture of Hardin County, Kentucky
by Hardin County Planning and Development Commission , 1986 , 213 pp
Price: $10.00
This paperback provides an inventory of the important architecture of Hardin County.

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James Buchanan in Kentucky, 1813
by R. Gerald McMurtry , 1934; reprint 2000
Price: $3.00
This pamphlet details the 15th President of the United States James Buchanan's short stay when he lived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

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Nostalgia - The Olde Bethlehem Academy
by Edith Ray , 1982 , hb
Price: $25.00
This book provides the history of the Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic girls' boarding school. The book reflects on the Academy's operation, closing and subsequent restoration of the building.

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Sarah Bush Lincoln
by Elizabethtown's Womans Club , 1922
Price: $1.00
This is a brochure telling of the memorial in Sarah Lincoln's name that is in the town square and why it was erected also including a copy of the marriage license of Thomas Lincoln and Sarah Bush Johnston.

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September 1900 Supplement to The Elizabethtown News
by , reprint 1999 , pb
Price: $8.00
This publication celebrates the new millennium in Hardin County with pictures, advertisements and articles from September 1900.

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The Bond - Washington Story
by Lottie Offet Robinson , reprint 2000 , 159 pp, hb
Price: $20.00
This book tells of the Bond-Washington High school in Elizabethtown for African Americans, before the Civil Rights act, through the eyes of a former teacher.

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The Carrie Nation J.R. Neighbors Incident
by Mary Josephine Jones , 1998
Price: $3.00
This pamphlet describes the incident between a temperance leader, Carrie Nation, and Elizabethtown saloon keeper, J.R. Neighbors and the aftermath.

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The Civil War in Hardin County, Kentucky
by Mary Josephine Jones , 1995; revised 1999 , pb
Price: $10.00
This book reflects on the War between the States and the impact on Hardin County from the election of Abraham Lincoln to Union occupation and Confederate Raids.

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The Kentucky Lincolns on Mill Creek
by R. Gerald McMurtry , 1937; reprint 1999 , hb
Price: $18.00
This book provides an insight into the Lincolns' lives in Kentucky, including pictures of their home and the grave yard where some members of the family now rest.

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The Lincoln Migration from Kentucky to Indiana, 1816
by R. Gerald McMurtry , 1937; reprint 1999 , 46 pp, pb
Price: $5.00
This paperback chronicles the life of the Thomas Lincoln as he moves his family from Kentucky to Indiana.

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The Lincolns In Elizabethtown, Kentucky
by R. Gerald McMurtry , 1932, reprint 2000
Price: $3.00
This pamphlet describes in detail where the different members of the Lincoln family lived in Elizabethtown, how long they lived here, and what they did during the time they were here.

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The United States Army at Fort Knox
by Matthew Rector , 128 pp, pb
Price: $20.00
This is a pictorial history in the Images of America series. The work covers the beginning of Fort Knox and World War I and its aftermath in the period, 1903-1931; the history of the development of and armor build-up period, 1932-1940; World War II, 1941-1945, and post World War II, 1946-1958.

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Two Centuries in Elizabethtown and Hardin County, 1776- 1976
by Daniel E. McClure, Jr. , 1979; reprint 1999 , hb
Price: $75.00
This book presents the History of Elizabethtown and Hardin County through a series of short stories from the Native Americans and Pioneers to World War II and Elizabethtown Community College.

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Who Was Who in Hardin County
by Hardin County Historical Society , 1946, reprint 2005 , 177 pages
Price: $15.00
Compiled in 1946 by various members of the Hardin County Historical Society.  Reprint 2005, with corrections. This book contains sketches of 177 early residents of Elizabethtown and Hardin County, ranging from the pioneer settlers of 1780 to prominent residents of the early 20th century.