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KET and John James Audubon State Park host preview of new Audubon documentary

KET and John James Audubon State Park host preview of new Audubon documentary

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

April 12th, 2017

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KET, John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, Ky., and Kentucky State Parks invite guests to a free screening of Audubon, a new one-hour documentary spotlighting iconic 19th- century painter and naturalist John James Audubon.
Two separate screenings will be held Sunday, April 23 at the state park, 3100 U.S. Highway 41 North, in Henderson. The first screening will be held at 1:30 pm CT, with a reception following at 3 pm CT. A second screening will follow the reception at 3:15 pm CT. Reservations can be made online at KET.org/Audubon or by phone at (502) 589-3538.

The documentary will air on KET Monday, April 24 at 9/8 pm.

Audubon harbored a passion for studying birds throughout his life, and he set out to study and document as many North American species as possible – often making expeditions throughout the country to observe them. His book The Birds of America, a collection of hand-colored prints published in sections between 1827 and 1838, is considered one of the finest ornithological books ever created.

Born in France in 1785, Audubon immigrated to the United States in 1803 at the age of 18. In 1808, he moved to Kentucky, married and began a family. By 1810, he had moved his trading business from Louisville to Henderson, Ky., where he lived until 1819. Today, the John James Audubon State Park in Henderson is home to several of his handwritten journals as well as one of the largest collections of original Audubon art in the world.

Audubon is a production of WETA.

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization on Twitter @KET and facebook.com/KET and at KET.org.

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