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Kentucky's Gateway to the South

There's a saying in the airline industry that roughly states that if you're traveling anywhere in the South, you have to pass through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. That's probably true in most of today's plane-filled travel itineraries. In the olden days if you wanted to travel south, you had to pass through Maysville Kentucky. Maysville was the hub of travel by riverboat, train, and roadway throughout much of America's early years. In this way, Maysville was truly the original Gateway to the South.

In a recent meeting of the board of directors for the Museum Center, a motion was approved to change the name from the Maysville Museum Center to the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (news story). While I would have personally liked "Maysville" to have been in the name somewhere, the addition of the word "Gateway" is entirely appropriate. Maysville truly was a gateway city historically.

It's no surprise that a museum that deals with history in a historical town has a history of its own. The museum was chartered as the Maysville and Mason County Library, Historical, and Scientific Association in 1878 and is said to be the oldest state historical organization in continuous existence. In 1975 the association changed focus and continued as the Mason County Museum. In 2003, the name simply became, Museum Center. A spokesperson for the now-named Kentucky Gateway Museum Center said the new name change helps to define the importance of the entire region and give it more depth. The Museum Center's coverage area is more than Mason County, after all, including five counties in Kentucky and two in Ohio.