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Monday, February 27, 2017

Fort Thomas Family Photo Cakewalk Wants Your History

The walls of Chuck Keller's home are filled with photos—and history. 

Today is the official birthday of the City of Fort Thomas—150 years old. Much ado is being made about the history of Fort Thomas as we approach our sesquicentennial celebration in July. But each business, organization, club, church and resident of Fort Thomas carries individual stories—stories of the past, and stories that help shape our future. And for many Fort Thomas folks, their stories run generations deep.

The Fort Thomas Family Photo Cakewalk allows you, your business, your organization, your club or your church to share your history with residents through photos and memorabilia, while also supporting the funding of the statue of General George Thomas, the city's namesake, which is expected to cost more than $130,000.

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"I think that when we share our history, we grow together as a community," says Chuck Keller, who is in charge of the Sesquicentennial's History Committee.

To participate you need to buy a space on the Photo History Wall. Each space is 3' x 5' and costs $100. One hundred percent of the proceeds go toward funding the statue. For families and organizations that have a larger story to tell, more than one space can be purchased.

The Photo History Wall will be displayed July 2-9, 2017, in the Mess Hall. Participants can create their display June 30th or July 1, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., in the Mess Hall.

At the end of the sesquicentennial celebration participants can claim their displays or donate them to the city's museum to be archived.

"It would be so much fun to see how all of our lives have unfolded to this point," Keller says. "Some have been here a long time and others only a short while, but when all of our stories are stitched together in one place then we can present a quilt of stories that make up Fort Thomas."

There are 120 spaces available, and Keller hopes for diversity, including families that have a long history in Fort Thomas, businesses that have helped our community thrive and organizations that residents have been a part of throughout the years.

Wall space can include photos, newspaper clippings, letters, awards, scraps of fabric, framed mementos or anything that can be displayed on a wall and tells a story.

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To reserve your spot make a check payable to "The City of Fort Thomas" and mail it, along with the form (above and which can be found at the City Building and around Fort Thomas) to:
ATTN: Debbie Buckley
130 N. Fort Thomas Ave.
Fort Thomas, KY 41075

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"If we tried to sink the past beneath our feet, be sure the future would not stand." —Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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