Duane Bolin


Dr. Duane Bolin teaches in the Department of History at Murray State University.

Ways to Connect

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During a crisis in my life in 2010, we relied on our faith to see us through.  During a two-week hospital stay, we leaned on our faith, and we also leaned on family and friends. 

At the hospital, my family gathered around me.  I remember waking up from the anesthesia in the recovery room after my heart surgery, still on a ventilator, to see Evelyn smiling down at me and encouraging me that all was well. 

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Monuments surround us. On the courthouse square. In our cemeteries. On battlefields. What are these monuments for? Or as the Nashville songwriter Kate Campbell puts it, “Who are these monuments for?”

Monuments help us remember. Monuments are, after all, for us. They help us remember from where we’ve come, and therefore, they help us know who we are. Monuments are also erected as what writer Catherine W. Bashir referred to in “Southern Cultures” journal as “landmarks of power.”

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Twenty-five years ago, we left Kentucky for an Arkansas sojourn, for me to teach in the History Department of a small liberal arts college. We returned to the Bluegrass after four years away; we loved the tiny Arkansas school, but we missed terribly the rolling hills of western Kentucky. If anything, our exile in the pancake-flat, mosquito-ridden delta rice fields of northeastern Arkansas taught me the intimate connection between the past, present, and future, something that any History teacher should already know.

My Mother's Hands

May 10, 2013
Murray State University

I remember my mother, Cammie Mann Bolin, everyday, but there are times in the day when my memories intensify.  My mother, was born in 1921 at the beginning of the “Roaring Twenties,” and grew to adulthood in the years of the Great Depression  She lost two babies, a girl and a boy, born a year apart, both living only one day, but she raised with my father two boys — my brother and I — during  the Cold War. 

The Lantern Bearers

Dec 28, 2011

MURRAY, KY (WKMS) - Maybe you know someone with a tough exterior and a hidden heart of gold, someone with an internal kindness only revealed to those closest to them. Author Robert Louis Stevenson called this kind of person a "lantern bearer." Commentator Duane Bolin examines this trait in Stevenson's essay and in his own life.