Up the Valley and Through the Gap: Following the Evolution of the Kentucky Longrifle

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Join us for the 2014 kickoff of our Food for Thought speakers' series as noted frontier arms specialist Mel Hankla examines the iconic Kentucky longrifle. Follow the migration of this utilitarian art form from its origins in southeast Pennsylvania and coastal Virginia south along the Shenandoah Valley and then westward across the Allegheny Mountains into frontier Kentucky. Using comparative photos and antique examples of Kentucky rifles and artistically engraved powder horns, Hankla recounts the rifle's intriguing journey into the heart of the Bluegrass.