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Mack Cox Speaker for Monday, May 13, 2024 Meeting

An American Story: The Redd Family Paintings

A Kentucky native, Mack Cox is a collector and an independent scholar of early Kentucky material culture. He received his BS and MS degrees in geology from Eastern Kentucky University and pursued an oil and gas career from which he retired in 2017. He and his wife, Sharon, began collecting early Kentucky material about 2005 with a focus on furniture and art. In 2011, their collection was covered in The Magazine Antiques and was described in 2013 as “one of the finest assemblages of antebellum Kentucky material.”

Mack currently serves on the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation, and on advisory boards for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in North Carolina, Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums, and The Magazine Antiques. He is a regional representative for MESDA’s Object Database and previously served on the collections committee for the National Society of Colonial Dames in Kentucky. He has lectured on Kentucky material, especially furniture, at numerous Kentucky locations as well as before the Decorative Arts Trust in Philadelphia, MESDA, Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts, Winterthur in Delaware, and the Washington DC Decorative Arts forum.

The title of Mack Cox’s lecture is: An American Story: The Redd Family Paintings.

It is the story of the marriages, mentorship, and geography that entwined the lives of two of Kentucky’s most important artists, Matthew Harris Jouett (1788-1827) and Oliver Frazer (1808 to 1864), and their descendants, as well as the travels and adventures of the Redd family and their portraits as they moved from the first owners to the present, with the backdrop of war, financial crisis, and cultural revolution. Mack’s talk will be a fascinating story.



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  • November 2018 – Kent M. Brown – “George Gordon Meade and the Gettysburg Campaign”
  • January 2019 – A. Wilson Green – “A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg”
  • March 2019 – Brian Steel Wills – “Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War”
  • May 2019 – Wayne E. Motts – “Fighting The Civil War: Historical Treasures Of The Conflict In The Collection Of The National Civil War Museum”
  • September 2017 – Alan Pell Crawford – “Mark Twain and the Civil War”
  • November 2017 – Bud Robertson – “When Did The South Really Lose The Civil War?”
  • January 22, 2018 – Ryan Wolford Blair – “Wild Wolf – The Great Civil War Rivalry”
  • March 19, 2018 – Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College) – “I am almost sick all the time and half crazy:” The Fate of a Confederate Deserter After Gettysburg
  • May 21, 2018 – Vince Dooley – “Col. William Deloney: The Legion’s Fighting Bulldog”
  • September 2016 — John Stempel — General George H. Thomas, “The Rock of Chickamauga”
  • November 2016 — James I. “Bud” Robertson – “Robert E. Lee and the Quest for Peace”
  • January 2017 — John Hoptak – “The 48 th Pennsylvania Infantry and the Digging of the Petersburg Mine”
  • March 2017 — Barton Myers – “On Irregular Fields of Battle: The American Civil War’s Guerilla Wars”
  • May 2017 — Dr. Jennifer Murray – “Alabamians at Gettysburg”
  • September 2015 – Sue Boardman — “The Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide”
  • November 2015 — James I. “Bud” Robertson
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  • March 2016 — Brian McKnight — “Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia”
  • May 2016 — Garry Aldeman —  “A Civil War Photography Extravaganza”
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  • November 2014 — James I. “Bud” Robertson — “Water: The Unknown Factor in the Civil War
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