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100 West Broadway • Frankfort, KY. • 40601 • 502.564.1792 • www.history.ky.gov Connections. Perspective. Inspiration. The Kentucky Historical Society is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

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Playwright - Lauralyn Hungerford A New Hampshire native, Hungerford moved to Lexington from New York City in 1985 to join The Lexington Children’s Theatre, where she spent 15 years as a performer, director, teacher and playwright. This play marks her second collaboration with KHS.

Picture it! Franklin Sousley had no intention of becoming part of an American icon when he helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima, but the image is arguably one of the most famous photographs of World War II. Join us for a short play about his life and the war experience, and learn how this young patriot did his part to earn a place in Kentucky history.

Director – Mike Thomas Thomas spent eight years as the KHS Museum Theatre coordinator and two years as director of the Capital Arts Center in Bowling Green before returning to his hometown of Maysville as director of the Washington Opera House. Thomas completed his theatre studies at Western Kentucky University and since that time has served as an arts administrator, educator, director and performer for a variety of performing groups.

“Look for my picture, cause I helped put up the flag,” writes Sousley in his last V-mail letter home. The Fleming County native was just 19 when the famous photo captured the hearts of a war-weary America. Sadly, the young soldier would give his life to his country on Iwo Jima along with 6,800 other Marines. The 15-minute Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) play, written by Lexington playwright Lauralyn Hungerford, is performed within the “A Kentucky Journey” exhibition gallery. Learn More: • “Flags of Our Fathers” by James Bradley (book and movie of the same title) • “Battlefire! Combat Stories from World War II” by Arthur L. Kelly (1997) • “The G.I. Generation: A Memoir” by Frank F. Mathias (2000) • Original letters of Sousley can be viewed at the Fleming County Library and Museum located at 303 South Main Cross in Flemingsburg, Ky. Contact the library at 606-845-7851.

KHS Museum Theatre Since 1998, the Museum Theatre program has staged more than 40 original productions often inspired by the rich resources in the Kentucky Historical Society collection. Each play is presented within KHS exhibition space and designed to connect audiences with the sights, sounds and stories of the past. These professional productions provide museum visitors with a personal perspective of historical characters and encourage them to explore the exhibitions to learn more. Audience members often find they relate to the story itself. What’s your story?

Franklin R. Sousley – Greg Hardison Hardison, KHS Museum Theatre director, is a North Carolina and Virginia native, but has been living in Kentucky and working to bring the commonwealth’s stories to life for over ten years. Franklin R. Sousley – (alternate) Adam Luckey Since graduating from Georgetown College in 1999, Luckey has worked extensively with most of the theatres in Central Kentucky. He is the KHS Museum Theatre specialist.

Photo credits: (original Rosenthal image) Associated Press, scanned from original signed by Joe Rosenthal preserved by KHS, all other images courtesy of Fleming County Public Library. Special Thanks: Beverly Cooper-Fleming County Public Library, Brenda Plummer-Fleming County Museum and Dwayne Price.


Playwright - Lauralyn Hungerford A New Hampshire native, Hungerford moved to Lexington from New York City in 1985 to join The Lexington Children’s Theatre, where she spent 15 years as a performer, director, teacher and playwright. This play marks her second collaboration with KHS.

Picture it! Franklin Sousley had no intention of becoming part of an American icon when he helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima, but the image is arguably one of the most famous photographs of World War II. Join us for a short play about his life and the war experience, and learn how this young patriot did his part to earn a place in Kentucky history.

Director – Mike Thomas Thomas spent eight years as the KHS Museum Theatre coordinator and two years as director of the Capital Arts Center in Bowling Green before returning to his hometown of Maysville as director of the Washington Opera House. Thomas completed his theatre studies at Western Kentucky University and since that time has served as an arts administrator, educator, director and performer for a variety of performing groups.

“Look for my picture, cause I helped put up the flag,” writes Sousley in his last V-mail letter home. The Fleming County native was just 19 when the famous photo captured the hearts of a war-weary America. Sadly, the young soldier would give his life to his country on Iwo Jima along with 6,800 other Marines. The 15-minute Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) play, written by Lexington playwright Lauralyn Hungerford, is performed within the “A Kentucky Journey” exhibition gallery. Learn More: • “Flags of Our Fathers” by James Bradley (book and movie of the same title) • “Battlefire! Combat Stories from World War II” by Arthur L. Kelly (1997) • “The G.I. Generation: A Memoir” by Frank F. Mathias (2000) • Original letters of Sousley can be viewed at the Fleming County Library and Museum located at 303 South Main Cross in Flemingsburg, Ky. Contact the library at 606-845-7851.

KHS Museum Theatre Since 1998, the Museum Theatre program has staged more than 40 original productions often inspired by the rich resources in the Kentucky Historical Society collection. Each play is presented within KHS exhibition space and designed to connect audiences with the sights, sounds and stories of the past. These professional productions provide museum visitors with a personal perspective of historical characters and encourage them to explore the exhibitions to learn more. Audience members often find they relate to the story itself. What’s your story?

Franklin R. Sousley – Greg Hardison Hardison, KHS Museum Theatre director, is a North Carolina and Virginia native, but has been living in Kentucky and working to bring the commonwealth’s stories to life for over ten years. Franklin R. Sousley – (alternate) Adam Luckey Since graduating from Georgetown College in 1999, Luckey has worked extensively with most of the theatres in Central Kentucky. He is the KHS Museum Theatre specialist.

Photo credits: (original Rosenthal image) Associated Press, scanned from original signed by Joe Rosenthal preserved by KHS, all other images courtesy of Fleming County Public Library. Special Thanks: Beverly Cooper-Fleming County Public Library, Brenda Plummer-Fleming County Museum and Dwayne Price.


100 West Broadway • Frankfort, KY. • 40601 • 502.564.1792 • www.history.ky.gov Connections. Perspective. Inspiration. The Kentucky Historical Society is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

www.history.ky.gov


KHS Museum Theatre - Look for my Picture: Raising the Flag with Franklin R. Sousley